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French cardinal numbers
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    Cardinal : quatre-vingts
    Ordinal : quatre-vingtième

EtymologyEdit

From quatre (four) and vingt (twenty), both of which are derived from Latin. The vigesimal pattern of expressing 80 as 4×20, however, is of Celtic origin; see, for example, Irish fichead. (The Latin for 80 is octōgintā.)

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ka.tʁə.vɛ̃/
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NounEdit

quatre-vingts m (plural quatre-vingts)

  1. eighty, 80
    Synonyms: huitante (Switzerland), octante

Usage notesEdit

  • When used in a compound, the form quatre-vingt is used.
  • The term huitante is used in some French-speaking cantons of Switzerland.

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