How do you say 81 in Italian?

How exactly do you say the number 81 in Italian?

In this lesson, we will look at how to pronounce and use this number in Italian with lots of example sentences and audio recordings.

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81 in Italian

81 in Italian as a cardinal number

Eighty-one, 81

Ottantuno is how you pronounce the cardinal number (which defines a quantity) 81 in Italian.

Its pronunciation is similar to ott-tahn-too-noh. Make sure the final -o has a pure sound, as Italian vowel sounds are clean!

For example, you could say…

Mia nonna ha appena compiuto 81 anni.
My grandmother has just turned 81.

Solo 81 studenti su 500 hanno passato l’esame.
Only 81 students out of 500 have passed the exam.

Il film dura 81 minuti.
The movie lasts 81 minutes.

3d movie with a t-rex protruding from the screen and startling people

81 in Italian as an ordinal number

The ordinal number (defines an order) for 81 in Italian is ottantunesimo. Let’s hear how it is pronounced.


Ordinal numbers are adjectives in Italian. Like all other adjectives in Italian, ottantunesimo has to match the noun in both gender and number.


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For example, you could say…

Questo libro è arrivato all’ottantunesima edizione.
This book is now in its 81st edition.

Tagliai il traguardo all’ottantunesimo secondo.
I crossed the finish line in the 81st second.

two kids crossing a green finish line

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