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LATIN CAPITAL LETTER X
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Basic Latin Y
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ROMAN NUMERAL TEN

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FULLWIDTH LATIN CAPITAL LETTER X

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Translingual

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Alternative forms

  • x (numeral)
  • X. (numeral, ordinal)

Etymology 1

From the Etruscan letter 𐌗 (x, ex), from the Ancient Greek letter Χ (Kh, chi), created ex nihilo.

Letter

X (lower case x)

  1. The twenty-fourth letter of the basic modern Latin alphabet.
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Numeral

Roman numeral
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X

  1. Roman numeral ten (10)
  2. (especially in the names of aristocracy) the tenth.
Alternative forms

Symbol

X

  1. (bowling) strike
    Coordinate term: / (spare)
  2. (sports) fail
    Coordinate terms: O (success), - (skip)
  3. One of the tristimulus values which, with Y and Z, defines coordinates in a three-dimensional color space. Pronounced (in English) big X or cap X.
    • 2003, Charles A. Poynton, Digital Video and HDTV: Algorithms and Interfaces, →ISBN, p. 217:
      X, Y and Z are pronounced big-X, big-Y, and big-Z, or cap-X, cap-Y, and cap-Z, to distinguish them from little x and little y, to be described in a moment.
  4. A placeholder for any letter or word.
  5. (linguistics) A wildcard for any sound (consonant, vowel or tone).
  6. (international standards) Substituted for the third letter of a currency code to denote the minor unit of that currency.

Etymology 2

Possibly from skull and crossbones.

Symbol

X

  1. A hazard indicator, sometimes incorporated into standard labelling and signage systems
Derived terms

Gallery

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Other representations of X:


English

Pronunciation

  • (letter name) IPA(key): /ɛks/
  • (phonetic realization) IPA(key): , , (word-initially)
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛks
  • Homophone: Exe

Etymology 1

Introduced by René Descartes in the context of mathematical notation, but has since widened to other contexts.

Numeral

X

  1. An unknown quantity or unknown value.
    Let x represent the forecast traffic flow in 20 years’ time.
Derived terms
Translations

Proper noun

X

  1. A placeholder for an unknown, suppressed or hypothetical name.
    The woman known until now as Witness X has been unmasked after a court ruling.
    Suppose that Mr and Mrs X have been married for many years.
  2. (anthroponymy, politics) A surname, used by those who have had their identity or heritage, including their proper ancestral names, erased or forgotten.
    Malcolm X

Etymology 2

Letter

X (upper case, lower case x, plural Xs or X's)

  1. The twenty-fourth letter of the English alphabet, called ex and written in the Latin script.
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Noun

X

  1. Any mark that looks like that letter, such as a mark made by a person who cannot read or write in lieu of a signature.
  2. (lacrosse) The spot behind the goal.
Derived terms
  • (signature mark) xoxo
Translations

Adjective

X (not comparable)

  1. Intersex or non-binary (in passports and identification documents).
    Coordinate terms: M, F

Etymology 3

Presumably by abbreviation of the pronunciation of ecstasy.

Noun

X (uncountable)

  1. (slang) Ecstasy, a particular street drug.
    • 2008, Stephen King, Graduation Weekend:
      Tonight the kids will go out and party down in a more righteous mode. Alcohol and not a few tabs of X will be ingested. Club music will throb through big speakers.
Translations

Etymology 4

Adjective

X (not comparable)

  1. (Britain film certificate, dated) Suitable only for those aged 16 or (later) 18 years and over.
  2. (movie rating) Obscene.
    • 1976, Movie Maker (volume 10, issues 1-6, page 364)
      If you go to an X movie you do so knowingly, as does everyone else in the audience. Or if the same thing comes up on TV you can switch over, or, if you wish, enjoy it in relative privacy.
Derived terms
Translations
The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout § Translations.

Etymology 5

From Christ by abbreviation, orthographic borrowing from Ancient Greek Χ (Kh, letter chi), from Χριστός (Khristós, Christ).

Proper noun

X

  1. (informal) Christ
Derived terms
Translations

Etymology 6

Sign reading “Pedestrian X” (Pedestrian Crossing)

From cross, due to the X symbol being a cross saltire.

Noun

X (plural Xes)

  1. (Canada, US) Cross, crossing.
Derived terms
Translations

Etymology 7

Adjective

X (comparative more X, superlative most X)

  1. (informal) Abbreviation of extreme.
Derived terms

Afar

Letter

X

  1. The eighth letter of the Afar alphabet, written in the Latin script.

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Afrikaans

Pronunciation

  • (letter name): IPA(key): /ɛks/

Letter

X (upper case, lower case x)

  1. The twenty-fourth letter of the Afrikaans alphabet, written in the Latin script.

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Noun

X (plural X'e, diminutive X'ie)

  1. X

Azerbaijani

Letter

X upper case (lower case x)

  1. The twelfth letter of the Azerbaijani alphabet, written in the Latin script.

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Basque

Pronunciation

Letter

X (upper case, lower case x)

  1. The twenty-fifth letter of the Basque alphabet, called ixa and written in the Latin script.

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Chinese

Pronunciation 1


Note: 1e khe sr - often pronounced as 1eq khe sr.

Letter

X

  1. The twenty-fourth letter of the Latin alphabet.

Pronunciation 2


Letter

X

  1. The second letter used in Pinyin.
Usage notes
  • The pronunciation above are only used while referring to letters in Pinyin. They are not used in other context (such as English).

Dutch

Pronunciation

Letter

X (capital, lowercase x)

  1. The twenty-fourth letter of the Dutch alphabet, written in the Latin script.

See also

  • Previous letter: W
  • Next letter: Y

Esperanto

Letter

X (upper case, lower case x)

  1. (replacement) The letter that represents a diacritic in the x-system, written after the letter in its non-diacriticed form; it is called ikso.
    ambaŭambaux

Finnish

Letter

X (upper case, lower case x)

  1. The twenty-third letter of the Finnish alphabet, called äks or eks and written in the Latin script.

Usage notes

  • Used only in loanwords. In more established loanwords, it is replaced with ks.

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French

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Pronunciation

Noun

X m or f (plural X)

  1. The twenty-fourth letter of the French alphabet, called ixe and written in the Latin script.
  2. X-frame stool
    • 1862, Victor Hugo, Les Misérables, I.3.i:
      La duchesse de Duras lisait à trois ou quatre amis, dans son boudoir meublé d’X en satin bleu ciel .
      The Duchess de Duras was reading to two or three friends, in a boudoir furnished with X-frame stools in sky-blue satin.

Adjective

X (invariable)

  1. X-rated

Derived terms


German

Pronunciation

Letter

X (upper case, lower case x)

  1. The twenty-fourth letter of the German alphabet, written in the Latin script.

Hungarian

Pronunciation

Letter

X (upper case, lower case x)

  1. A letter of the extended Hungarian alphabet, called iksz and written in the Latin script.

Declension

Inflection (stem in -e-, front unrounded harmony)
singular plural
nominative X X-ek
accusative X-et X-eket
dative X-nek X-eknek
instrumental X-szel X-ekkel
causal-final X-ért X-ekért
translative X-szé X-ekké
terminative X-ig X-ekig
essive-formal X-ként X-ekként
essive-modal
inessive X-ben X-ekben
superessive X-en X-eken
adessive X-nél X-eknél
illative X-be X-ekbe
sublative X-re X-ekre
allative X-hez X-ekhez
elative X-ből X-ekből
delative X-ről X-ekről
ablative X-től X-ektől
non-attributive
possessive - singular
X-é X-eké
non-attributive
possessive - plural
X-éi X-ekéi
Possessive forms of X
possessor single possession multiple possessions
1st person sing. X-em X-eim
2nd person sing. X-ed X-eid
3rd person sing. X-e X-ei
1st person plural X-ünk X-eink
2nd person plural X-etek X-eitek
3rd person plural X-ük X-eik

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Ido

Pronunciation

Letter

X (lower case x)

  1. The twenty-fourth letter of the Ido alphabet, written in the Latin script.

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Italian

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Pronunciation

  • (letter name) IPA(key): /ˈiks/
  • (phonemic realization) IPA(key): /ks/

Letter

X f or m (invariable, upper case, lower case x)

  1. the twenty-fourth letter of the Latin alphabet, called ics in Italian

Usage notes

  • The letter X is not considered part of the Italian alphabet. It is found mainly in loanwords, Latinisms, and Grecisms.

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Korean

Etymology

From Japanese ×(ばつ).

Symbol

X

  1. false.

Antonyms

Derived terms

OX


Latin

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Etymology

Borrowed from Ancient Greek Χ (Kh, chi), which represented /ks/ in the dialects of most of the Greek mainland and Euboea.

Pronunciation

The sound of X was like that of the Greek Ξ (X, xi), that is /ks/, although etymologically it represented not only cs (as in lūx, from luc-s, and dīxī, from dic-si), but also gs (as in lēx, from leg-s; rēxī, from reg-si); hs (as in trāxī, from trah-si; vexī, from veh-si); and chs (as in the word onyx, from onych-s, borrowed from the Greek). The hardening of a softer final (g, h, ch) before s into the с sound, which occurs in the last-mentioned cases, is found also in several roots ending in v and u: nix for niv-s, vīxī for viv-si, connixī for conniv-si, fluxī for fluv-si, from fluō (root fluv; cf. fluvius), struxī for stru-si. Less frequently x has arisen from the combinations ps and ts: proximus for prop-simus (from prope), nīxus for nit-sus (from nītor), the latter being used along with the collateral form nīsus, as also connīvī with connixī, and mistus (from misceō) with mixtus. An exchange of the sounds ss or s and x, took place in axis for assis and laxus for lassus. In the later language of the vulgar, the guttural sound in x disappeared, and s or ss was often written for it; as vis for vix, visit for vīxit, unsit for unxit, conflississet for conflixisset, in late inscriptions; hence regularly in Italian, and frequently in the other Romance tongues, the Latin x is represented by s or ss.

By a mere graphic variation, one of the constituent sounds of x is often expressed in inscriptions (but not the earliest) by an additional с or s; as SACXO or SAXSO for saxō; VCXOR or VXSOR for uxor; CONIVNCX or CONIVNXS for conjunx; even both sounds are sometimes thus expressed, VICXSIT for vīxit.

Letter

X (upper case, lower case x)

  1. The twenty-third letter of the Latin alphabet, written in the Latin script.

Numeral

X

  1. ten; decem.

See also

References

  • “X” in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short , A New Latin Dictionary.

Malay

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Pronunciation

Letter

X

  1. The twenty-fourth letter of the Malay alphabet, called eks and written in the Latin script.

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Portuguese

Pronunciation

(letter name)

 

(phonetic realization) IPA(key): , , ,

Letter

X (upper case, lower case x)

  1. The twenty-fourth letter of the Portuguese alphabet, called xis and written in the Latin script.

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Romani

Pronunciation

Letter

X (upper case, lower case x)

  1. (International Standard) The eleventh letter of the Romani alphabet, written in the Latin script.
  2. (Pan-Vlax) The twelfth letter of the Romani alphabet, written in the Latin script.

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References

  • Yūsuke Sumi (2018), “X, x”, in ニューエクスプレス ロマ(ジプシー)語 [New Express Romani (Gypsy)] (in Japanese), Tokyo: Hakusuisha, →ISBN, page 13

Romanian

Pronunciation

  • (phonetic realization) IPA(key): /ks/, /ɡz/

Letter

X (upper case, lower case x)

  1. The twenty-ninth letter of the Romanian alphabet, called ics and written in the Latin script.

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Saanich

Pronunciation

  • (phonetic realization) IPA(key): /x̠/

Letter

X

  1. The thirty-fifth letter of the Saanich alphabet, written in the Latin script.

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Somali

Pronunciation

  • (letter name) IPA(key): /ħɑ/
  • (phonetic realization) IPA(key): /ħ/

Letter

X upper case (lower case x)

  1. The fifth letter of the Somali alphabet, called xa and written in the Latin script.

Usage notes

  1. The fifth letter of the Somali alphabet, which follows Arabic abjad order. It is preceded by J and followed by KH.

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Spanish

Pronunciation

Letter

X (upper case, lower case x)

  1. The twenty-fifth letter of the Spanish alphabet, written in the Latin script.

Derived terms


Vietnamese

Pronunciation

Letter

X (upper case, lower case x)

  1. The twenty-eighth letter of the Vietnamese alphabet, called ích, ích xì, xờ, or xờ nhẹ and written in the Latin script.

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Zulu

Letter

X (upper case, lower case x)

  1. The twenty-fourth letter of the Zulu alphabet, written in the Latin script.

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