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eleven the word is recorded from Old English (in form endleofon), and comes from the base of one + a second element, probably expressing the sense ‘left over’ and occurring also in twelve. The phrase the Eleven is used to designate the original Apostles, without Judas.
eleven-plus in the UK, an examination taken at the age of 11–12 to determine the type of secondary school a child should enter; the examination is now limited to a few local education authority areas.
give us back our eleven days a slogan used in protest against the adoption of the Gregorian Calendar in 1752, when the date moved directly from 2 to 14 September. In this form it is associated with Hogarth's cartoon showing a rowdy Oxfordshire election of 1754.
up to eleven in informal usage, up to maximum volume; with reference to a scene in the film This is Spinal Tap (1984), featuring a supposedly louder amplifier with control knobs having 11 rather than 10 as the top setting.

See also nine-eleven, rain before seven, fine before eleven.

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e·lev·en / iˈlevən/ • cardinal number equivalent to the sum of six and five; one more than ten; 11. (Roman numeral: xi or XI.) ∎  eleven years old: the eldest is only eleven. ∎  eleven o'clock: she often worked until eleven at night. ∎  a size of garment or other merchandise denoted by eleven. ∎  a group or unit of eleven people or things. ∎  a sports team of eleven players. DERIVATIVES: e·lev·en·fold / -ˌfōld/ adj. & adv.

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eleven OE. endleofon, -lufon, ellefne, ME. endleven(e), elleven(e) = OS. elleban, OHG. einlif (Du., G. elf), ON. ellifu, Goth. ainlif :- Gmc. *ainlif-, f. *ainaz ONE + *lif- (cf. TWELVE), app. repr. IE. *liq- leave (see LOAN), i.e. ‘one left (over ten)’, and rel. to Lith. -lika in vienúolika eleven.
Hence eleventh (XIV), superseding OE. endleofeǒa, itself a new formation superseding previous endlyfta = OS. ellifto, OHG. einlifto (Du. elfde, G. elfte), ON. ellifti :- Gmc. *ainliftan-; see -TH2.

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Eleven

the members of a cricket or football team, 1800.

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