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Definition of two

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

Definition of two (Entry 2 of 3)

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


plural twos

Definition of two (Entry 3 of 3)

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

Examples of two in a Sentence

Noun It was two in the morning.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Walker spent the first half of his career letting defenses off the hook by stepping into long, difficult twos. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Top 100 NBA Players of 2020," 12 Sep. 2019 With ones and twos, shots from behind the arc are now 100% more valuable. Khadrice Rollins, SI.com, "Olympic 3x3 Basketball Needs to Fix the Major Problem With Its Scoring System," 24 July 2019 The night before the fence was erected, young men stood in the parking lot in clusters of twos and threes. Cindy Chang, Los Angeles Times, "Nipsey Hussle died in the Marathon Clothing lot. Will his legacy die there too?," 13 Aug. 2019 Ryan Finley backing up Andy Dalton Rookie quarterback Ryan Finley practiced with the twos on Monday following a pretty good preseason debut. Tyler Dragon, Cincinnati.com, "Bengals notebook: Michael Jordan getting reps with starters, Ryan Finley playing No. 2 QB," 12 Aug. 2019 The ability to trade twos for threes unlike any other pair in the history of basketball means these two have to crack the top five. Khadrice Rollins, SI.com, "The Best Possible 2019 ‘NBA Jam’ Duos, Ranked," 18 July 2019 Pickle producers come in twos as well at Frisco Rotary. Kim Pierce, Dallas News, "Shoppers love the small-town feel of this Frisco farmers market," 2 July 2019 Older women in twos and threes strolled along, pulling through the racks, pausing here and there to tug at a waistband, check a price, buy a pair. Neil Shea, National Geographic, "Tokyo became a megacity by reinventing itself," 12 June 2019 Explanation: There’s a significant gap in experience between the ones and the twos in the defensive secondary. Theo Lawson, The Seattle Times, "Analysis: Projecting the 2018 Washington State football depth chart," 19 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of two


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

Pronoun, plural in construction

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


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for two


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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Two.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/two. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of two

: the number 2
: the second in a set or series
: two o'clock
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Kids Definition of two

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: being one more than one



Kids Definition of two (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : one more than one : 2
2 : the second in a set or series

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