twelve

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noun \ˈtwelv\

Definition of twelve

  1. 1 :  a number equal to one more than 11 — see number table

  2. 2 capitalized a :  the twelve original disciples of Jesusb :  the books of the Minor Prophets in the Jewish Scriptures

  3. 3 :  the 12th in a set or series

  4. 4 :  something having 12 units or members

  5. 5 twelves plural :  twelvemo

twelfth

play \ˈtwelf(t)th\ adjective or noun

twelve

adjective

twelve

pronoun, plural in construction

Examples of twelve in a sentence

  1. What time is it? It's twelve.

  2. I have lunch at twelve.

Origin and Etymology of twelve

Middle English, from Old English twelf; akin to Old High German zwelif twelve, Old English twā two, -leofan (as in endleofan eleven) — more at two, eleven


First Known Use: before 12th century



TWELVE Defined for English Language Learners

twelve

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noun \ˈtwelv\

Definition of twelve for English Language Learners

  • : the number 12

  • : the 12th in a set or series

  • : twelve o'clock


TWELVE Defined for Kids

1

twelve

play
adjective \ˈtwelv\

Definition of twelve for Students

  1. :  being one more than eleven


2

twelve

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noun

Definition of twelve for Students

  1. :  one more than eleven :  three times four :  12



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