two

1 of 3

adjective

1
: being one more than one in number
2
: being the second
used postpositively
section two of the instructions

two

2 of 3

pronoun

plural in construction
1
: two countable individuals not specified
only two were found
2
: a small approximate number of indicated things
only a shot or two were fired

two

3 of 3

noun

plural twos
1
: a number that is one more than one see Table of Numbers
2
: the second in a set or series
the two of spades
3
: a 2-dollar bill
4
: something having two units or members

Example Sentences

Noun It was two in the morning.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
For the most part, people sat in twos or threes with ample grassy space between them. Anna Bauman, SFChronicle.com, 4 May 2020 That’s challenging because the Asian community, as a whole, doesn't dine out in twos. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, 31 Mar. 2020 For instance, the first time is by twos, then by threes, then by fours. Jamie Kiffel-alcheh, National Geographic, 19 Mar. 2020 Teams will ignore him on the three-point line, and Westbrook’s affinity for pull-up twos are the antithesis of the Rockets’ offense. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, 11 July 2019 First in ones and twos, limping up the steps and staggering through the aluminum doors, and then in wheelbarrows, with bleeding skulls and stabbed necks. Washington Post, 29 Feb. 2020 Often these dresses have been scattered in ones or twos through pink, orange, or blue-hued collections, a refreshing pause – or maybe a pointed exclamation mark – amidst other, softer colours. Rosalind Jana, refinery29.com, 28 Jan. 2020 The players are shooting threes (3-point shots), but the fans are talking twos. Fred Bowen, Washington Post, 30 Oct. 2019 If the 3x3 Olympics games were played with twos and threes, that would also be acceptable. Khadrice Rollins, SI.com, 24 July 2019 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

Middle English twa, two, from Old English twā (feminine & neuter); akin to Old English twēgen two (masculine), (neuter), Old High German zwēne, Latin duo, Greek dyo

First Known Use

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Pronoun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of two was before the 12th century

Cite this Entry

“Two.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/two. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

two

noun

ˈtü
plural twos
1
: a number that is one more than one see number
2
: the second in a set or series
two adjective or pronoun

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