tween

preposition
\ ˈtwēn How to pronounce tween (audio) \

Definition of tween

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tween

noun

Definition of tween (Entry 2 of 2)

Examples of tween in a Sentence

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, 23 Nov. 2019 Her aesthetic is full of rainbow and glitter, which is what tween dreams are literally made of. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, 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, 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, 22 Feb. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun According to Gibson’s parents, the activist and Miller developed a friendship when Gibson was a tween and Miller was in his early Twenties. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 9 June 2022 Kanna is a tween who loves to run, but never expected where her hobby would take her. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 10 May 2022 Ariana, Miley, Selena, Demi, JoBros, Olivia Rodrigo), tween fame (Justin Bieber, Shawn Mendes), or a boy band or girl group – which is the route Harry took with One Direction. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 1 June 2022 In Charlotte Wells’ sharp and tender debut feature, a young Scottish father (brought to vivid, mysterious life by Paul Mescal) goes on summer holiday with his tween daughter (Frankie Corio, a real discovery). David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 May 2022 His quest to escape involves a fellow tween hostage (Lidya Jewett), creepy insect monsters and some really cool fairy-tale elements. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 16 Sep. 2021 Teen girls, for example, learn about the latest wellness fad or product via TikTok and Instagram influencers, and even tween magazines. Rina Raphael, Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2022 At various points in the room, that was actually a 13-year-old rebellious tween Nadia, who is a ’90s kid into Nirvana and being a troublemaker. Jennifer Maas, Variety, 21 Apr. 2022 The sequel depicts Sonic (voice of Ben Schwartz) as a tween who’s determined to build a reputation as a hero in his community. Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of tween

Preposition

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1967, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tween

Preposition

Middle English twene, short for betwene

Noun

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 30 Jun. 2022.

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Tween

trademark
\ ˈtwēn How to pronounce Tween (audio) \

Medical Definition of Tween

used for any of several preparations of polysorbates

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