1

both

pronoun, plural in construction \ ˈbōth \

Definition of both

:the one as well as the other
  • both of us

Origin and Etymology of both

Middle English bothe, probably from Old Norse bāthir; akin to Old High German beide both


2

both

conjunction

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

Origin and Etymology of both

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3

both

adjective

Definition of both

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

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Origin and Etymology of both

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BOTH Defined for English Language Learners

both

conjunction

Definition of both for English Language Learners

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


both

adjective

Definition of both for English Language Learners

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


BOTH Defined for Kids

1

both

pronoun \ ˈbōth \

Definition of both for Students

:each one of two things or people :the two
  • both of us

2

both

conjunction

Definition of both for Students

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

3

both

adjective

Definition of both for Students

:the two
  • Both books are mine.


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