Last modified on 10 January 2014, at 06:10


See also: -decim


Catalan ordinal numbers
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    Ordinal : dècim
    Cardinal : deu
    Multiplier : dècuple


Borrowed from Latin decimus (tenth)


dècim m (feminine dècima, masculine plural dècims, feminine plural dècimes)

  1. (ordinal) tenth


Usage notesEdit

When dècim is the ordinal number of a century or of a regnal name of a monarch or pope, it is written using Roman numerals following the noun. Thus Joan Dècim is written Joan X.

For most fractional numbers, the ordinal number is used to indicate the denominator of the fraction. Both desè and dècim are used for ordinal and fractional meanings of tenth. However, dècim is the preferred form for indicating tenths in decimal numbers. Exceptions to this rule include mig (half), terç (third), quarter (quarter), milionèsim (millionth), bilionèsim (billionth), ....

The feminine form of the ordinal is usually used as the collective noun for a set of like objects of that size. Exceptions to the usual rule include parell (set of 2), qüern (set of 4), centenar (set of 100), grossa (set of 144), miler (set of 1000), and milenar (1000).

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