# numeral

## English

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### Etymology

As an adjective, from Middle English numeral, numerall, from Latin numerālis (pertaining to a number),[1][2] from numerus (a number).

As a noun, via Middle French numeral.[3]

### Pronunciation

• (Received Pronunciation) enPR: nyo͞oʹm(ə)rəl, IPA(key): /ˈnjuːməɹəl/, /ˈnjuːmɹəl/
• (General American) enPR: no͞oʹm(ə)rəl, IPA(key): /ˈnuməɹəl/, /ˈnumɹəl/
•  Audio (US): (file)
• Hyphenation: nu‧mer‧al, num‧eral

### Noun

numeral (plural numerals)

1. A symbol that is not a word and represents a number, such as the Arabic numerals 1, 2, 3 and the Roman numerals I, V, X, L.
2. A representation of a number composed of such symbols.
• 1966, Robert Lee Morton, Modern Mathematics Through Discovery, page 97:
Compare the numeral for the product with the original decimal numeral.
3. A number word, a simple or compound word for a number often having particular grammatical attributes depending on the language.
• 2002, Laurie Bauer, Rodney Huddleston, “Lexical word-formation”, in The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language, page 1715:
We use the term numeral for linguistic expressions and number for meanings. For example, five is a numeral expressing the number "5" - and fifteen hundred and one thousand five hundred are different numerals expressing the same number, "1,500".
4. A card whose rank is a number (usually including the ace as 1).
Jacks, queens, and kings are not numerals.

#### Translations

numeral (not comparable)

1. Of or relating to numbers; numerical.

### References

1. ^ numerāl, adj.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007.
2. ^ numeral, adj. and n.”, in OED Online  , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, launched 2000.
3. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2024) “numeral (n.)”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.

## Galician

### Pronunciation

• IPA(key): /numeˈɾal/ [nũ.meˈɾɑɫ]
• Rhymes: -al
• Hyphenation: nu‧me‧ral

### Noun

numeral m (plural numerais)

1. (grammar) numeral (word representing a number)

numeral

1. numeral

numeral

1. numeral

## Middle French

numeral m (feminine singular numerale, masculine plural numeraux, feminine plural numerales)

1. numeral; numerical
• 1474, author unknown, Mystere de l'Incarnation:
Numerales proporcions
Numerical proportions

### References

• Godefroy, Frédéric, Dictionnaire de l’ancienne langue française et de tous ses dialectes du IXe au XVe siècle (1881) (numeral, supplement)

## Norwegian Bokmål

### Noun

numeral n (definite singular numeralet, indefinite plural numeral or numeraler, definite plural numerala or numeralene)

1. numeral
Synonym: tallord

## Norwegian Nynorsk

### Noun

numeral n (definite singular numeralet, indefinite plural numeral, definite plural numerala)

1. numeral
Synonym: talord

## Piedmontese

### Pronunciation

numeral

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## Portuguese

### Pronunciation

• Rhymes: (Portugal) -al, (Brazil) -aw
• Hyphenation: nu‧me‧ral

numeral m or f (plural numerais, not comparable)

1. numeral, numeric

### Noun

numeral m (plural numerais)

1. numeral

## Romanian

### Etymology

Borrowed from French numeral, from Latin numeralis. By surface analysis, număr +‎ -al.

numeral m or n (feminine singular numerală, masculine plural numerali, feminine and neuter plural numerale)

1. numeral

## Spanish

### Pronunciation

• IPA(key): /numeˈɾal/ [nu.meˈɾal]
• Rhymes: -al
• Syllabification: nu‧me‧ral

### Noun

numeral m (plural numerales)

1. numeral