Meaning of twenty-one


Pronunciation: (twen'tē-wun', twun'-), [key]
— n.
  1. a cardinal number, 20 plus 1.
  2. a symbol for this number, as 21 or XXI.
  3. a set of this many persons or things.
  4. Also calleda gambling game at cards, in which the object is to obtain from the dealer cards whose values add up to, or close to, 21 but which do not exceed it.
  1. amounting to 21 in number.
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