Meaning of “nine” in the English Dictionary

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"nine" in British English

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uk /naɪn/ us /naɪn/

A1 the number 9:

The children go to bed at nine (o'clock).
a nine-month prison sentence
nine to five

describing or relating to work that begins at nine o'clock in the morning and finishes at five, the hours worked in many offices from Monday to Friday:

a nine-to-five routine
She's tired of working nine to five.

More examples

  • I've booked a table at the restaurant for nine o'clock.
  • My current golf handicap is nine.
  • "I didn't expect to be out so soon", he joked, after spending nine months in hospital.
  • Cats are supposed to have nine lives.
  • Chapter nine relates to the effects of inflation on consumers.
  • The birthday girl was wearing a badge with a nine on it.

(Definition of “nine” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"nine" in American English

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us /nɑɪn/


My sister is nine.
a nine-month prison sentence

Nine can also mean nine o’clock.

(Definition of “nine” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)