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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

Parents were understandably outraged as this was a concert aimed pretty much solely at tweens. Ross Raihala, Twin Cities, "How Miley Cyrus and a shared love of music led to a friendship cut short by cancer," 23 Aug. 2019 If Booksmart was this year’s witty, girl-centric Superbad, then Good Boys (executive-produced, naturally, by Seth Rogen) is its smutty-sweet tween offspring: Superbrat. Leah Greenblatt,, "Tween comedy Good Boys delivers crass silliness — and some hard-R charm," 19 Aug. 2019 Yet these tweens are also confused by the culture’s mixed messages. Armond White, National Review, "Good Boys Celebrates the Corruption of Innocence," 16 Aug. 2019 To see style ideas for from toddlers to tweens, go to and Mel Jimenez, Houston Chronicle, "Students can express individual style without breaking the dress code," 31 July 2019 Plenty of tweens and teens have big ideas for YouTube content. Judi Ketteler, Good Housekeeping, "Some Kids Are Making Millions as YouTube Stars, but Is the Fame Worth It?," 18 June 2019 How parents can approach it Jackson advocates having a frank, open conversation with teens and tweens about this. Kristi Pahr, Washington Post, "Is teen sexting cause for concern, or no big deal? How to help kids stay safe online.," 19 July 2019 Musical inspiration can come from anywhere, including the writing of kids, tweens, and teens. Britt Julious,, "826Fork is a music fest that gets its sonic inspiration from the words of youngsters," 3 July 2019 Teens and tweens in sixth grade and up can enjoy a teen lock-in party from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 21. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "Summer reading programs available at city, county libraries," 13 June 2019

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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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