1. an artificial replacement of one or several of the teeth (partial denture), or all of the teeth (full denture) of either or both jaws; dental prosthesis.
  2. a set of teeth.

noun (usually plural)

  1. Also called: dental plate, false teeth a partial or full set of artificial teeth
  2. rare a set of natural teeth

1874, from French denture “set of teeth,” from Latin dens (genitive dentis, “tooth;” see tooth) + -ure (see -ure). In Middle English, the word meant “an indenture; a zigzag course” (c.1400).


  1. A partial or complete set of artificial teeth for either the upper or lower plate
  2. dentures A complete set of removable artificial teeth for both jaws.
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