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1both

pronoun, plural in construction \ˈbōth\

Definition of BOTH

:  the one as well as the other <both of us>
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Origin of BOTH

Middle English bothe, probably from Old Norse bāthir; akin to Old High German beide both
First Known Use: 12th century

Rhymes with BOTH

2both

conjunction

—used before two words or phrases connected with and to stress that each is included

Full Definition of BOTH

—used as a function word to indicate and stress the inclusion of each of two or more things specified by coordinated words, phrases, or clauses <prized both for its beauty and for its utility> <he … who loveth well both man and bird and beast — S. T. Coleridge>

First Known Use of BOTH

12th century

3both

adjective

—used to indicate that two things or people are being referred to rather than just one

Full Definition of BOTH

:  being the two :  affecting or involving the one and the other <both feet> <both his eyes> <both these armies>

First Known Use of BOTH

13th century
BOTH Defined for Kids

1both

pronoun \ˈbōth\

Definition of BOTH for Kids

:  each one of two things or people :  the two <both of us>

2both

conjunction

Definition of BOTH for Kids

—used before two words or phrases connected with and to stress that each is included <both New York and London>

3both

adjective

Definition of BOTH for Kids

:  the two <Both books are mine.>

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