\ ˈtwēn How to pronounce tween (audio) \

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Examples of tween in a Sentence


a movie that appeals to tweens

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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

Nowhere is this key relationship more on display than the annual VidCon conference happening in Anaheim, California, this week, where tween and teen creators are treated like movie stars by their equally young fans. Kaya Yurieff, CNN, "YouTube executive on criticism: 'We're always going to err on the side of protecting children'," 12 July 2019 There is also growing evidence that selfies are not simply a tween and teen obsession. Kate Eichhorn, WIRED, "Social Media Could Make It Impossible to Grow Up," 8 July 2019 As every typical tween, Lizzie went through so many phases with her hair (i.e. colorful streaks, crimps, punk-rock ponytails, that chopstick updo etc.), but one style remained supreme: those bangs. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Hilary Duff's New Haircut Will Make You Miss Lizzie McGuire," 27 June 2019 With the craze of cooking shows like MasterChef Junior and Kids Baking Championship, kids, tweens and teens are eager to get in the kitchen and create something delicious. Kristen Massad, Dallas News, "Want to try a kids cooking subscription box? Here's why we love them," 21 June 2019 For more information contact the Maud Marks Library at 281-492-8592. Teen Summer Program: Galaxy Craft Katy Branch Library will offer a program for teens and tweens on June 10 from 2:30-4 p.m.: Galaxy Craft. Houston Chronicle, "Katy-area calendar of events," 10 June 2019 Elena Gerasimov is interested in updating her tween son’s 12-by-14-foot bedroom in their Northwest Washington home. Washington Post, "Designing a bedroom for a tween boy: Goodbye toys, hello rocket-building space," 13 June 2019 Konkle and Erskine are the only adults playing teens, for example, and are surrounded by actual tween costars. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The Creators of PEN15 Present Their Hilarious, Oddly Harrowing New Show," 26 Feb. 2019 Help your teen or tween decorate a locker caddy with items like wallpaper, DIY magnets, carpets and pen holders cups. Nadine Jolie Courtney, Good Housekeeping, "10 Back to School DIY Projects Your Kids Will Love," 23 July 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

US : 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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