\ˈtwēn \

Definition of tween 

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Examples of tween in a Sentence


a movie that appeals to tweens

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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

Or what about perusing the hotel gift shop as a tween on holiday somewhere warm with your parents and begging them to buy you a $5 puka shell necklace? Madeline Fass, Vogue, "19 Summer Baubles That Will Make You Feel Like a Kid Again," 9 July 2018 By then, the shelves were mostly bare, except for a scattering of stuffed animals, tween jewelry and polyester pillows. Michael Corkery, New York Times, "At Toys ‘R’ Us, ‘There Is Nothing Left’: The Day It Closed for Good," 30 June 2018 Rosewood Hotels & Resorts is launching a new program for tweens at all of its hotels in 2019. Andrea Petersen, WSJ, "Tweens: The Hardest Hotel Customers to Please," 22 May 2018 The library had added downloadable and digital materials over the years, but there was no seating and the collection didn't hold tweens' interest, the library said. Jennifer Conn, Akron Reporter,, "STEM Middle School students design 'Tween Space' for Akron-Summit County Public Library (photos)," 11 May 2018 Take a look back at Cyrus' best red carpet moments, starting from her tween-age Hannah Montana days here. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Miley Cyrus Says She Won't Do Another Red Carpet Appearance," 13 Sep. 2016 Baby One More Time Save for a few tweens, no one in the crowd Thursday was that innocent, Britney included. Cara Kelly, USA TODAY, "Britney Spears is back on tour and you better believe she's here to work," 13 July 2018 Some awesome rock and roll tweens feature in this film, directed by Jess Colquhoun. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Watch These 4 Uplifting Documentaries About Women Changing Their Communities," 24 May 2018 Library officials posed the challenge to the STEM students last January, after noticing middle-school aged kids, or tweens, were not interacting with the existing Children's Library. Jennifer Conn, Akron Reporter,, "STEM Middle School students design 'Tween Space' for Akron-Summit County Public Library (photos)," 11 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of tween

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


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Medical Definition of Tween 

used for any of several preparations of polysorbates

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