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Noun a movie that appeals to tweens
Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition Through child modeling, cute Disney Channel tween parts, Dancing With the Stars, and even a singing career, Zendaya made her way to the very heart of youth pop culture. Jessica Chia, Allure, "Zendaya Reveals the At-Home Hair Color That Creates Her Signature Red Shade," 23 Nov. 2019 Her aesthetic is full of rainbow and glitter, which is what tween dreams are literally made of. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "JoJo Siwa's Net Worth Might Make Your Head Spin," 10 June 2019 Bryant has become one of the show’s most prominent female stars this season with her recurring characters such as Melanie, the horny tween slumber-party guest, and her Demi Lovato-singing impression of Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Jessica Zack, San Francisco Chronicle, "Amy Schumer, Aidy Bryant have a pretty good time discussing new film," 12 Apr. 2018 While their names may not familiar to those over 30—sorry, olds—this duo dominates on tween social media. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Fendi’s Biggest Front Row Surprise? Social Media’s Most Popular Twins," 22 Feb. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As previously reported, the central issue surrounding the reboot was, apparently, whether or not to depict a grown-up Lizzie McGuire realistically—as an adult who does adult activities or, instead, as just a taller version of her tween-age self. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "The Lizzie McGuire Cast Responds to the Reboot’s Cancellation: ‘It Just Seems Ridiculous’," 15 Jan. 2021 Adiba is happy to take the bad with the good, thrilled to be the parent of a sassy tween. Amy Silverman For Arizona Daily Star, ProPublica, "Join Us for an Event About Our Investigation Into Arizona’s Intellectual and Developmental Disability Services," 12 Dec. 2020 Your favorite tween is sure to get a kick out of this collection of some the most coveted gizmos and gadgets in Ariel's treasure trove of wonders: dinglehoppers. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "39 magical gifts every Disney lover will adore this holiday season," 13 Nov. 2020 Blaming parents and grandparents is a great way to sidestep myriad tween and teen issues, and your granddaughter needs to be ready for these moments. Washington Post, "Help. My 12-year-old granddaughter was caught sexting.," 9 Dec. 2020 The chief source of that dissent are the wolves who inhabit the surrounding forest, along with the Wolfwalkers—young Mebh, who sounds like a 2020 Dublin tween, and her mother, Moll (voices of Eva Whittaker and Maria Doyle Kennedy ). John Anderson, WSJ, "‘Wolfwalkers’ Review: An Irish Enchantment," 8 Dec. 2020 The 14-year-old Mohawk actor starred in the must-see drama of 2020’s Toronto International Film Festival, Beans, a coming-of-age story by Tracey Deer about a tween rebelling against her family, set during the Oka Crisis. refinery29.com, "The 29 Canadian Game-Changers Who Got Us Through 2020," 7 Dec. 2020 But whip-smart tween Missy Moreno (Yaya Gosselin) will stop at nothing to rescue her superhero dad, Marcus Moreno (Pedro Pascal). Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Superkids must battle an alien invasion in We Can Be Heroes trailer," 5 Dec. 2020 Not sure what to get the tween or teen on your list? Lesley Kennedy, CNN Underscored, "All the best Target deals you’ve gotta shop this Black Friday," 26 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of tween


13th century, in the meaning defined above


1967, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tween


Middle English twene, short for betwene


blend of between and teen entry 1

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“Tween.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tween. Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tween

US : a boy or girl who is 11 or 12 years old


\ ˈtwēn How to pronounce Tween (audio) \

Medical Definition of Tween

used for any of several preparations of polysorbates

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