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Definition of twain

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : two
2 : couple, pair



Definition of twain (Entry 2 of 4)

: two especially : two fathoms mark twain



Definition of twain (Entry 3 of 4)

: two


biographical name

Definition of Twain (Entry 4 of 4)

Mark — see clemens

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Synonyms for twain

Synonyms: Noun

brace, couple, couplet, duo, dyad, pair, twosome

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Examples of twain in a Sentence


I like rap and my parents like country music, and never the twain shall meet in our house.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

None of this legendary twain of body and mind seemed possible on the night of Aug. 11, 2014, not as Verlander sat crying in a tunnel between the dugout and the Tigers’ clubhouse at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Tom Verducci,, "How Justin Verlander Mastered the Twain of Body and Mind in HIs Mid-30s," 1 Sep. 2019 Gravitational-wave detectors work (see diagram) by splitting a laser beam in twain. The Economist, "Gravitational astronomy proves its maturity," 22 Aug. 2019 This side in one corner, that side in the other corner and never the twain will meet, much less talk civilly. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde: What billionaire would Kenny Stills want closer to Trump than Steve Ross? | Commentary," 8 Aug. 2019 Ultimately, there are phone people and then there are Note people, and never the twain shall meet. David Pierce, WSJ, "Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 Is Crazy Powerful. Can You Handle It?," 19 Aug. 2018 But the twain do meet at the island’s golf courses, tennis courts, sailing school and beaches. Julie Lasky, New York Times, "Shelter Island, N.Y.: A Paradise That Has Its Challenges," 16 May 2018 Almost ne’er the twain did meet — though that could soon change. Washington Post, "Disney-Fox deal may create a new nerdy nirvana," 16 Dec. 2017 And when everything is correct, the twain never shall meet: Coolant stays outside the cylinders and the combustion materials stay inside. Ray Magliozzi,, "White smoke on starting, you and your car soon will be parting," 6 Oct. 2017 While the mechanisms are different, the result is the same: Never the twain shall meet. Libby Copeland, Smithsonian, "From Medical Pariah to Feminist Icon: The Story of the IUD," 15 June 2017

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First Known Use of twain


12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for twain


Middle English, from Old English twēgen — more at two

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