twin

noun
\ ˈtwin How to pronounce twin (audio) \

Definition of twin

 (Entry 1 of 3)
1a : either of two offspring produced in the same pregnancy
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 How to pronounce twin (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for twin

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 Choose from six different colors, and sizes twin through king. Korin Miller, Forbes, "15 Don’t-Miss Furniture Deals From Overstock’s Huge Semi-Annual Sale," 5 Mar. 2021 The model’s new 1,250 cc V-twin produces 150 hp and 94 ft lbs of torque, and sits in a package weighing a total of 534 pounds ready to ride with a 5.9-gallon tank of gas. Peter Jackson, Robb Report, "Harley-Davidson’s First Adventure Bike, the Pan America 1250, Is Its Most Important Model in Decades," 26 Feb. 2021 As discussed a few weeks ago, the intensity of the rivalry between Glasgow’s twin, repelling poles serves to discourage either of them from thinking long term. New York Times, "Have You Seen This Man?," 26 Feb. 2021 There have been teasers, glimpses of twin-tremendousness within the same game, but no displays quite as dual-dominant as Friday night’s in American Airlines Center. Dallas News, "The Big Two has arrived: Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis’ dominance vs. Pelicans should have Mavs fan salivating," 13 Feb. 2021 Brinkley is older by a minute and wears a pink wristband to distinguish herself from her twin, who wears a blue one. Los Angeles Times, "A COVID-era balancing act for survival at world-famous Le Petit Cirque," 17 Jan. 2021 Jaycie Thomsen was Minnesota's third runner in 17th place (21:03.3), followed by Anastasia Korzenowski in 20th (21:11.6) and Megan Hasz, Bethany's twin, in 30th (21:26.2). Star Tribune, "Gophers senior Bethany Hasz wins Big Ten cross-country title," 30 Jan. 2021 The power tussle between Rangers and Celtic — the twin, repelling poles of Scottish soccer — has long provided the driving animus in that country’s sporting conversation. New York Times, "Old Rivals, New Ideas and Why Some Clubs Are Reluctant to Try," 29 Jan. 2021 Raptor will likely have an upgraded version of the current model's twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6, which currently makes 450 horsepower, paired with Ford's 10-speed automatic transmission. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "Listen to the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor R's 700+-HP V-8," 14 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Goalie Kendall Bryan and defenders Paige and Lindsay Hockensmith all graduated, and Qualls is expecting Morgan Choe, a first-team All-County player alongside her twin sister in 2019, and new goalie Caroline Albert to step up. Jacob Calvin Meyer, baltimoresun.com, "With top talent returning, Howard County girls soccer teams preparing for tight championship battle," 4 Mar. 2021 Her son, Sean Holbrook, is 38 and has a twin sister, Holly Holbrook. Tammy Keith, Arkansas Online, "Musical park trail honors bank courier; more phases planned," 3 Mar. 2021 Lexie Hull’s twin sister, Lacie, was named the Sixth Player of the Year. Steve Kroner, San Francisco Chronicle, "Stanford's Tara VanDerveer named Pac-12 Coach of the Year; 3 Cardinal players All-Pac-12," 1 Mar. 2021 Breidinger told Ellen that her love of racing began at the age of nine when her father took her and her twin sister go-karting. Sonia Ramirez, Chron, "NASCAR racer makes history as first Arab-American female driver," 27 Feb. 2021 From then on, McCain and her twin sister, Rowena, traveled abroad twice a year, spending weeks exploring. Washington Post, "The eclectic estate of Roberta McCain — John McCain’s mother — went up for auction. So did a piece of Old Washington.," 21 Feb. 2021 Alfa Romeo supplies the zestiest Stelvio (the rest of the lineup is reviewed separately) with a 505-hp twin-turbo V-6 that slings from a stop and sings at WOT (read: wide-open throttle). Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "Best New SUVs and Crossovers of 2021," 19 Feb. 2021 Leslie's Ryan Wilder discovers the suit in the wreckage before learning that Batwoman's archenemy (also Kate's twin sister) killed her beloved grandmother. Neal Justin, Star Tribune, "Meet the new Batwoman: New actor steps in after only one season on the CW," 22 Jan. 2021 Gorman and her twin sister were raised by a single mother, and at 16 she was named the Youth Poet Laureate of Los Angeles. Jill Newman, Town & Country, "Poet Amanda Gorman's Hoop Earrings Are an Emblem of Empowerment and Individuality," 20 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb If '1917' doesn't twin the top Oscar, 'Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood' will. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "Highlights from challenging times during pandemic in the film world," 25 Nov. 2020 Freeman led the Warriors to twin 5-5 seasons starting in 2015 until the breakthrough in 2017. Dennis Victory, al, "Thompson, Hoover battle for supremacy of big-time high school football," 22 Oct. 2020 Their outing wouldn’t be the first time Witherspoon and her daughter were twinning. Robyn Merrett, PEOPLE.com, "Reese Witherspoon and Look-Alike Daughter Ava Phillippe Twin in Red Lipstick for Holiday Selfie," 23 Dec. 2019 Kylie and Stormi were just adorably twinning on vacay together. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "Kylie Jenner's Daughter Stormi Is Adorably Trying on Makeup Already," 13 Dec. 2019 Latrice Knighton, a Wauwatosa mom to twin toddlers, has gone online to order bubble bath, a face mask, foot stone, nail files and a new shade of fingernail polish. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A slower-paced, stay-at-home Mother's Day gives moms a rare opportunity to think about what they really want," 29 Apr. 2020 Queen Elizabeth recently toured the Back to Nature Garden that Kate Middleton helped create, and the two royals bonded and twinned in floral dresses. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Royal Baby Archie Already Has a Flower Named After Him," 30 May 2019 But listen for its energy and optimism, and the luster of Mitchell and Eagan’s twining voices. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "A Cast Album I Love: ‘The Secret Garden’," 27 Apr. 2020 The study found that three groups of fibers were separated and twisted clockwise like an S and once twisted, the strands were twined counterclockwise to form a cord. Katie Hunt, CNN, "World's oldest string of yarn shows Neanderthals were smarter than we thought," 9 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of twin was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

7 Mar 2021

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“Twin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/twin. Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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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

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of twin (Entry 2 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

verb

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

: to bring (two things) together in close association
British : to form a relationship between (two towns in two countries)

twin

noun
\ ˈtwin How to pronounce twin (audio) \

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 How to pronounce twin (audio) \

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 How to pronounce twin (audio) \ noun

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