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

Rough Animals follows two fraternal twins on a remote Utah farm, bound together by a dark secret. refinery29.com, "How Rae DelBianco Went From Cattle Farmer To Bookstagram Queen To Literary Darling — All By 25," 13 July 2018 Twenty six year-old twins Isha and Akash have already been inducted into the business, with both holding key executive roles in the telecom business. Fortune, "8 Things to Know About Mukesh Ambani, Asia's Newest Richest Man," 13 July 2018 He was preceded in death by son Michael, who died in 2009, and son Brandon (Marlon's twin), who died shortly after birth. Ryan Parker, The Hollywood Reporter, "Joe Jackson, Michael's Father and Patriarch of the Jackson 5, Dies at 89," 27 June 2018 Other scholarship recipients included Thea Bowman valedictorian Langston Stalling, who received a Lilly Endowment to attend Valparaiso University; and twins Tara and Tiara Shorter, graduates of Lighthouse Academy. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "Gary teens reap scholarship rewards," 26 June 2018 His familiar partners, the Berezutsky twins Vasili and Aleksei, who for more than a decade have played with Ignashevich both with Russia and CSKA, remain retired from international football at the age of 35. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "Russia Grasps With Danger of Being Worst On-Field World Cup Host Ever," 13 June 2018 The Silverado's mechanical twin, the GMC Sierra, is also new and goes on sale in the fall. Dan Frio, Edmunds, USA TODAY, "Full-size pickups: Edmunds rounds up the latest news on five 2019 models," 6 July 2018 But two other important things were revealed: (1) Khloé now knows his phone password and (2) Thompson had also blocked the Haqq twins, Khadijah and Malika. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Kim Kardashian Made Tristan Thompson Unblock Her on Instagram," 28 June 2018 The sign's twin, which was closer to the freeway, was removed in 1979 following an addition to the building and as part of a parking lot reconfiguration. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Iconic, mid-century modern Michigan highway sign gets a face-lift," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 Multimessenger astrophysics on the rise Blazars are a special type of superluminous active galaxy that blast out twin jets of light and particles, one of which is aimed directly at Earth. Mike Wall, NBC News, "High-energy 'ghost particle' traced to distant galaxy in astronomy breakthrough," 12 July 2018 Tandra Simonton, spokeswoman for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, confirmed that Trybus had been charged with twin counts of felony hate crime. USA TODAY, "Police officer resigns, suspect charged with hate crime after woman wearing Puerto Rico shirt harassed," 12 July 2018 Since his election to the Senate in 2000, Nelson has grappled with the twin forces of slow-moving federal support and fading enthusiasm from the Florida Legislature. David Smiley And Mary Ellen Klas, miamiherald, "Florida’s politicians use slimy algae to muddy each other," 11 July 2018 For his wife and twin children, who are trapped inside. Courtney Devores, charlotteobserver, "Your 5-minute guide to the best things to do in Charlotte | July 13-19," 11 July 2018 Perhaps the best example ever of these twin virtues—luck and listening—celebrates its tenth anniversary this week. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Data Sheet—Celebrating Apple's Lucrative Switcheroo," 11 July 2018 The one bright spot for Mr. Sayyed in the camp is the children, including his 2-year-old nephew, Salah, and toddler twin nieces. Hwaida Saad, New York Times, "Memories Lost and Futures on Hold: A Look Inside a Camp for Syria’s Displaced," 11 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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