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Definition of "eighty-eight" []

  • A high-velocity gun with a caliber of 88 millimeters, used by German troops as an antiaircraft and antitank weapon during World War II. (noun)
  • An artillery shell, especially one fired by this gun. (noun)
  • Slang A piano. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "eighty-eight" in a sentence
  • "In 1993, at least one hundred eighty-eight workers were killed in a fire at a toy factory in Thailand; the exact death toll was never known, because many of the bodies were never found."
  • "But now, a hundred eighty-eight in five nights of work, all of a sudden it didn't look so bad."
  • "It took women 147 years after the first Tea Party to gain the right to vote and another eighty-eight after that to field female candidates from each party in the presidential election."