From Middle English thirttene, variant (through metathesis) of thrittene, from Old English þreotīene, þreotene, from Proto-Germanic *þritehun. Compare West Frisian trettjin, Dutch dertien, German dreizehn, Danish tretten.
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- Rhymes: -iːn
- The cardinal number occurring after twelve and before fourteen, represented in Roman numerals as XIII and in Arabic numerals as 13.
- There are thirteen cards of each of the four suits in a deck of playing cards.
- 1661, John Fell, The Life of the most learned, reverend and pious Dr. H. Hammond
- During the whole time of his abode in the university he generally spent thirteen hours of the day in study; by which assiduity besides an exact dispatch of the whole course of philosophy, he read over in a manner all classic authors that are extant […]
- Ordinal: thirteenth
the cardinal number occurring after twelve and before fourteen