from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A symbol or mark used to represent a number.
  • n. The numbers, usually the last two digits, indicating by year a graduating class in a school or college.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or representing numbers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A symbol that is not a word and represents a number, such as the Arabic numerals 1, 2, 3 and the Roman numerals I, V, X, L.
  • n. A word or symbol representing a number.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to number; consisting of number or numerals.
  • adj. Expressing number; representing number.
  • n. A figure or character used to express a number
  • n. A word expressing a number.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to number; consisting of numbers.
  • Expressing number; representing number: as, numeral letters or characters, such as V or 5 for five.
  • Synonyms Numeral, Numerical. Numeral is more concrete than numerical: as, numeral adjectives or letters; numerical value, difference, equality, or equations.
  • n. One of the series of words used in counting; a cardinal number.
  • n. A figure or character used to express a number: as, the Arabic numerals, 1, 2, 3, etc., or the Roman numerals, I, V, X, L, C, D, M.
  • n. In grammar, a word expressing a number or some relation of a number.
  • n. In musical notation:
  • n. An Arabic or Roman figure indicating a tone of the scale, as 1 for the tonic or do, 2 for re, 3 for mi, etc.
  • n. One of the figures used in thorough-bass, by which the constitution of a chord is indicated with reference to the bass tone or to the key-chord.
  • n. In the Anglo-Saxon Ch., a calendar or directory telling the variations in the canonical hours and the mass caused by saints' days and festivals.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to or denoting numbers
  • n. a symbol used to represent a number


From Middle English, of number, from Late Latin numerālis, from Latin numerus, number; see number.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French numeral, from Latin numerālis ("pertaining to a number"), from numerus ("a number"). (Wiktionary)



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