Definition of fifteen in English:

fifteen

Translate fifteen into Spanish

cardinal number

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    (also xv, XV)
    Equivalent to the product of three and five; one more than fourteen, or five more than ten; 15.

    ‘all fifteen species of cranes mate for life’
    • ‘fifteen feet high’
    • ‘fifteen of the passengers made their appearance’
    • ‘It takes five to fifteen times as much ginseng as aspirin or caffeine to produce toxicity in animals.’
    • ‘Four plus five plus three plus fifteen is less than 40; what happened to the other inmates?’
    • ‘Fourteen and fifteen seem to be as good as any at the moment.’
    • ‘Ella sighed, fifteen minutes had passed, and the show was about to start in ten.’
    • ‘Every day I receive somewhere between five and fifteen begging letters from people asking me to do them favours.’
    • ‘The Rat had hired three cooks, five waitresses and fifteen chorus girls for the occasion.’
    • ‘During the day we discovered fourteen or fifteen other people, and most people hadn't even checked.’
    • ‘Armed with this knowledge, the division cut its cycle time from fifteen to less than five days.’
    • ‘Of the fifteen, fourteen had gone public after their acceptance.’
    • ‘Each master artist selects five to fifteen applicants to the program with whom he or she will work.’
    • ‘I don't know whether it's five years or fifteen years, but I think those things will happen.’
    • ‘Well, you know the history of drug development it can take five, ten, fifteen years to get a drug on the market.’
    • ‘If the game had fifteen cases instead of five, then it would have definitely been recommendable.’
    • ‘This is when groups of from five to fifteen families set out with their livestock in search of green pasture.’
    • ‘School boards had between five and fifteen members and were the most advanced democratic bodies of their day.’
    • ‘Try the same operation on a man - and twelve or fifteen vessels must be tied as a matter of absolute necessity.’
    • ‘The judges have now chosen the fifteen best teams to go forward into the next stage in March.’
    • ‘While this was going on the team got off to a horrible start, losing fifteen of eighteen games.’
    • ‘Upon entering the lounge, we were greeted by the cheers of about fifteen football players.’
    • ‘I didn't complain about my Health and Fitness class, even though Mrs. Zeller made all of us run fifteen laps around the gym.’
    1. 1.1Fifteen years old.
      ‘she must be fifteen by now’
      • ‘The definition of literacy used by the government is that one must be over the age of fifteen and capable of reading and writing.’
      • ‘Green's anthology was my introduction to Australian poetry at the age of fifteen or so, and for me it was love at first sight.’
      • ‘One in three New Zealanders aged fifteen and over has no qualification.’
      • ‘Does it work when a staff is comprised of counselors ages fifteen through fifty?’
      • ‘Woodrow was born in Tiverton in 1926, and at the age of fifteen he began fishing.’
      • ‘When I reached the ripe old age of fifteen, I signed up for the Air Cadets.’
      • ‘He lived there until at the age of fifteen, he decided it was time to leave.’
      • ‘She was born Margaret Ann but changed her name at the age of fifteen.’
      • ‘At the age of fifteen he discovered that his father was living at Lightning Ridge.’
      • ‘Whatever made me think, at the age of fifteen, I could ever get away with it?’
      • ‘Travelling on the tube today, I sat facing a surly girl of about fifteen years of age.’
      • ‘People usually start working at the age of fifteen and retire at age sixty.’
      • ‘One in ten persons over the age of fifteen has high blood pressure.’
      • ‘Almost half of the country's population is under fifteen years of age.’
      • ‘It intends to help students between five and fifteen years overcome their learning disabilities.’
      • ‘There were perhaps thirty in all, boys and girls anywhere between five and fifteen years old.’
      • ‘And I was fifteen, Ryden was five and baby Troy was barely a toddler when it happened again.’
      • ‘Some of the older men didn't, and the boys who looked about fourteen or fifteen opted out.’
      • ‘The two of us used to get on the city bus and go there when we were fourteen and fifteen.’
      • ‘The Derby County midfielder made his first appearance at just fifteen and was a regular by the time he hit seventeen.’
    2. 1.2Tennis The first point won by a player in a game.
      • ‘when it was fifteen-thirty, I heard my father say, “Go easy with the drop shots.”’

Pronunciation

fifteen

/ˌfifˈtēn/ /ˌfɪfˈtin/ /ˈfifˌtēn/ /ˈfɪfˌtin/

Phrases

    fifteen minutes of fame
    • Used with reference to a brief period of fame or notoriety experienced by an ordinary person.

      ‘Sole survivors rarely enjoy their fifteen minutes of fame, particularly when their work covers an obscure escape.’
      • ‘He afforded everyone their fifteen minutes of fame.’
      • ‘It was (one of) my fifteen minutes of fame, and I still get a thrill seeing my name up there, even if no-one else has a clue who I am or what I did.’
      • ‘After all, they too deserved their fifteen minutes of fame.’
      • ‘Could this have been my fifteen minutes of fame?’
      • ‘Even the humblest of trainers can have his fifteen minutes of fame.’
      • ‘The parties went on into the small hours, with the usual suspects in attendance, plus a few who were trying to milk their fifteen minutes of fame.’
      • ‘It seems everyone really does want their fifteen minutes of fame - bar none.’
      • ‘The lives, loves and actions of everybody are shrunk down so that everyone can have their fifteen minutes of fame.’
      • ‘In the future, everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes.’

      Origin

      From a remark made by Andy Warhol in 1968, predicting that in the future, everyone would be ‘world famous for fifteen minutes’.

Origin

Old English fīftēne, fīftīene(see five, -teen).