thirteen early 15c., metathesis of O.E. þreotene (Mercian), þreotiene (W.Saxon), from þreo "three" + -tene (see -TEEN (Cf. teen)). Cf. O.Fris. thretten, Du. dertien, Ger. dreizehn. Not an unlucky number in medieval England, but associated rather with the customary "extra item" (e.g. baker's dozen). Superstitions began with association with the Last Supper, and the unluckiness of 13 sitting down together to dine (attested from 1690s). Most of the modern superstitions (buildings with floor "12-A," etc.) have developed since 1890.

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  • Thirteen — Thir teen (th[ e]r t[=e]n ), a. [OE. threttene, AS. [thorn]re[ o]t[=e]ne, [thorn]re[ o]tyne. See {Three}, and {Ten}, and cf. {Thirty}.] One more than twelve; ten and three; as, thirteen ounces or pounds. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • thirteen — ► CARDINAL NUMBER ▪ one more than twelve; 13. (Roman numeral: xiii or XIII.) DERIVATIVES thirteenth ordinal number. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • thirteen — [thʉr′tēn′] adj. [ME thrittene < OE threotyne: see THREE & TEEN] totaling three more than ten n. the cardinal number between twelve and fourteen; 13; XIII …   English World dictionary

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  • thirteen —    In medieval England, thirteen was not ill omened. It was associated either with the extra item customarily added to the dozen when selling certain produce, for example buns or eggs (hence baker s dozen ); or with groups of twelve plus a leader …   A Dictionary of English folklore

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  • thirteen — noun Etymology: Middle English thrittene, from thrittene, adjective, from Old English thrēotīne; akin to Old English tīen ten more at ten Date: 14th century see number table • thirteen adjective • thirteen pronoun, plural in construction •… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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