\ 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

By the mid-90s, Stephanie Judith Tanner had matured from a sassy little girl with blonde curls into a tween who loved fast fashion—and even faster friends. Tierney Mcafee, Country Living, "Need a 'Full House' Costume Idea for Halloween? You Got It, Dude!," 31 Aug. 2019 That leaves it, however, in a bit of a no-man's land, as this PG-13-rated film is still too scary for the tweens that might be drawn to the challenge and not jarring enough for older horror buffs accustomed to far worse. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark' brings spooky spin to horror," 9 Aug. 2019 The return of the show, dubbed Saturday Night Live for tweens, originally ran from 1994 to 2005., "The Jonas Brothers Pay a Visit to Kel Mitchell and Good Burger in First All That Reboot Sneak Peek," 13 June 2019 NEWS Dance Moms breakout star JoJo Siwa's new makeup kit for tweens has been recalled by popular accessory store Claire's. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "JoJo Siwa's Makeup Tested Positive for Asbestos, Recalled by Claire's," 10 June 2019 Never mind the countless stores that cater exclusively to every age group, particularly tweens and teens. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Middle school is the new high school. Catch up, pop culture," 22 Aug. 2019 Some tweens and young teens, about one in six, now has a credit card. NBC News, "How young is too young for a kid to have a credit card?," 6 Aug. 2019 And though the store is marketed for tweens and teens, there's something for everyone. Noelle Zielinski,, "Five Below is like the super-sized dollar store you didn't know about," 17 July 2019 The tween and teen retailer has over 750 stores in 36 states, according to its website. Elissa Robinson, Detroit Free Press, "Five Below, Forever 21 to open at Roseville's Macomb Mall," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of tween


13th century, in the meaning defined above


1967, in the meaning defined above

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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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