twin

noun
\ˈtwin \

Definition of twin 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : either of two offspring produced at a birth

b Twins plural : gemini

2 : one of two persons or things closely related to or resembling each other

3 : a compound crystal composed of two adjoining crystals or parts of crystals of the same kind that share a common plane of atoms

twin

adjective

Definition of twin (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : born with one other or as a pair at one birth my twin brother twin girls

2a : made up of two similar, related, or connected members or parts : double

b : paired in a close or necessary relationship : matching

c : having or consisting of two identical units

d : being one of a pair

twin

verb
twinned; twinning

Definition of twin (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to bring together in close association : couple

intransitive verb

1 : to bring forth twins

2 of a crystal : to grow in a compound form with two adjoining sections that share a common plane of atoms

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Other Words from twin

Noun

twinship \ˈtwin-ˌship \ noun

Examples of twin in a Sentence

Noun

She's the mother of twins. The twins went swimming after lunch. My sister just had twins. Sarah and her brother are twins.

Adjective

the twin goals of reducing oil dependence and protecting the environment
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Just like Lindsay Lohan in The Parent Trap, Highmore played the role of both twins. Temi Adebowale, Country Living, "How Freddie Highmore Went From Child Actor to Star of 'The Good Doctor'," 11 July 2018 Neither of the twins was contacted by producers to reprise their role. Diane Bell, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Tom Cruise movie sequel takes off without San Diego's "Top Gun" twins.," 6 July 2018 Michael, the older of the twins, is a goalie and generally more quiet than his brothers. Philly.com, "Special bonds: Mothers and their athletes," 23 June 2018 But the Piepers are the only set of twins among the more than 9,380 graves, according to the American Battle Monuments Commission. Mark D. Carlson And Virginia Mayo, BostonGlobe.com, "Twin brothers reunited 74 years after WWII death at Normandy," 20 June 2018 But the Piepers are the only set of twins among the more than 9,380 graves, according to the American Battle Monuments Commission. Author: Mark D. Carlson, Virginia Mayo, Anchorage Daily News, "Twin brothers reunited 74 years after WWII death at Normandy," 19 June 2018 Photos of the couple each carrying two babies circulated on social media and were touted as the first pics of twins Rumi and Sir since Bey announced their arrival last July. Nardine Saad, latimes.com, "Sorry, those babies in Beyoncé and Jay Z's OTR II Tour aren't Rumi and Sir," 7 June 2018 The system was used in the 17-hour 2016 separation of conjoined twins at Packard Children’s. Laura Landro, WSJ, "The Operating Room of the Future," 28 May 2018 Two pairs of Broward County twins finished in the top 10 in the boys’ 4A discus. David Furones, Sun-Sentinel.com, "State track championships: Piper's Sukeil Foucha, Calvary's Danny Ferro win 800," 4 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

While perusing the shop with her twin, 11-year-old sons, Sarah Williams recalled making special trips to Alabama every year to buy fireworks. Helena Oliviero, ajc, "Why fireworks in Georgia boom well after the 4th of July," 10 July 2018 Eldest son Jackie Jackson posted a photo of himself on Instagram Monday afternoon in a black suit and sunglasses while dressing one of his young twin sons in a similar suit. Andrew Dalton, Fox News, "Joe Jackson buried in same cemetery as son Michael Jackson," 4 July 2018 The top lawyer at Morgan Stanley is a 51-year-old homeowner in the New York suburbs with twin sons and a seat on the firm’s management committee. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Is what's good for General Motors still good for the country?," 3 July 2018 Eldest son Jackie Jackson posted a photo of himself on Instagram Monday afternoon in a black suit and sunglasses while dressing one of his young twin sons in a similar suit. Andrew Dalton, The Seattle Times, "Joe Jackson buried in same LA-area cemetery as son Michael," 2 July 2018 Madrigal is now a 49-year-old train station clerk and life coach with 10-year-old twin sons. James Badcock, latimes.com, "Obstetrician's trial could unlock secrets of Spain's stolen babies scandal," 25 June 2018 Republican candidates Sengstacke lives in the Tudor Manor community near Bel Air and is married with two children, a twin son and daughter. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Candidates battle for District E County Council seat," 15 June 2018 With the loss of cofounding Dan twin Walter Becker in September, Donald Fagen, now the man in the spotlight, surrounds himself with incredible musicians. John Timpane, Philly.com, "Steely Dan play their first Philly-area show without late member Walter Becker at the BB&T Pavilion," 12 July 2018 Today, remnants of twin temples—to the north, a blue one dedicated to the Aztec rain god Tláloc, and to the south, a red one dedicated to the Aztec sun god Huitzilopochtli—still top the pyramid’s central platform, joined by parallel staircases. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Earthquake Reveals 12th-Century Temple Hidden Within Aztec Pyramid," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Lopez and Rodriguez visited his TruFusion workout studio and wore twinning shades of white, blue, and neon yellow. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Jennifer Lopez Takes an Hermès Kelly (and Alex Rodriguez) to the Gym," 24 May 2018 Kate Hudson‘s family vacation in Greece continues, as the actress shared a sweet shot of her son Ryder and stepdad Kurt Russell twinning on a boat on Monday. Dana Rose Falcone, PEOPLE.com, "Kate Hudson' Son Ryder, 14, Looks Just Like Grandpa Kurt Russell on Vacation in Greece," 19 June 2018 Fans were quick to pick up on the similarities between Paris and Tinkerbell, and many of them took to Instagram to share side-by-side photos of the #twinning pair. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Paris Jackson Looks Like Tinkerbell at the Oscars 2018 After Party," 5 Mar. 2018 And don't worry, for those of you hoping for a watch twinning moment of your own, there are plenty of fashionable options out there...without the hefty price tag. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin Showed off Matching Diamond Watches," 14 July 2018 What had been dubbed a denuclearization summit was actually light on the specifics, beyond its quid pro quo joint statement twinning North Korea’s commitment to denuclearize with US security commitments for Kim. Howard Lafranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, "Despite murky details, summit sends NK clear message: Welcome to the club," 12 June 2018 For the grand occasion, Beckham kept things sleek and simple in a tuxedo and twinned with her husband who donned a slick suit. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Victoria and David Beckham Have a Twinning Couples Moment in Tailored Suits," 26 June 2018 Michele served up his signature Gucci styles that twinned gothic elements with saleable street wear. Washington Post, "Death and glitter: Gucci hosts France show in Roman ruins," 2 June 2018 Karl Lagerfeld had recreated one in the confines of the Grand Palais, down to the trellises twined with climbing roses and urns spilling blooms. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "At Couture, Lofty Traditions Face the New Swiftness of Fury," 26 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of twin

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for twin

Noun

Middle English, from twin twofold

Adjective

Middle English, twofold, double, from Old English twinn; akin to Old Norse tvinnr two by two, Old English twā two

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twin

noun

English Language Learners Definition of twin

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: either one of two babies that are born at the same time to the same mother

: either one of two similar things that form a pair

twin

verb

English Language Learners Definition of twin (Entry 2 of 3)

: to bring (two things) together in close association

: to form a relationship between (two towns in two countries)

twin

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of twin (Entry 3 of 3)

—used to describe children who are twins

: made up of two similar things that are used together

: forming one of a pair of related or connected ideas or places

twin

noun
\ˈtwin \

Kids Definition of twin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : either of two offspring produced at one birth

2 : one of two persons or things closely related to or very like each other On the opposite side of the river is the city's twin.

twin

adjective

Kids Definition of twin (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : born with one other or as a pair at one birth my twin brother

2 : made up of two similar, related, or connected members or parts a twin-engine airplane

3 : being one of a pair Her face was a pasty white with twin spots of rouge on the cheeks.— Gail Carson Levine, Ella Enchanted

twin

adjective
\ˈtwin \

Medical Definition of twin 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: born with one other or as a pair at one birth a twin brother twin girls

twin

noun

Medical Definition of twin (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : either of two offspring produced at a birth

2 twins plural : a group of two offspring born at one birth

Other Words from twin

twinship \-ˌship \ noun

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