two

adjective
\ˈtü \

Definition of two 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : being one more than one in number

2 : being the second used postpositively section 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

two

noun
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

Second: Would New England have really traded all four ones and twos this year, plus maybe something in 2019 to the Giants to pick up the second overall pick this year? Peter King, SI.com, "One Question, 32 Answers: What Do You Think About Every Team’s Offseason?," 2 May 2018 The twos were running with a walk-on at center and a walk-on at left guard. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas seeks consistent offensive line play," 12 Apr. 2018 This year, all four teams still standing can lay claim to at least one player who has found nylon when the moment demanded it most, connecting on the gutsiest twos and threes of March to keep his school dancing. Eric Single, SI.com, "These Clutch, Crunch-Time Players Could Be Game-Changers in the Final Four," 27 Mar. 2018 Image Participants arrived in ones and twos, and from all over: California, Texas, Maryland, Vermont and Toronto, as well as New York City and New Jersey. New York Times, "52 Hours at Breakup Boot Camp," 2 June 2018 Texas, meanwhile, made only 8 of 29 first-half twos (28 percent), as KU continued its string of solid defensive outings inside. Jesse Newell, kansascity, "Feb. 29, 2016: For the third straight year, Jayhawks are outright Big 12 champs | The Kansas City Star," 1 Mar. 2016 The boys pair up in twos, with the older, experienced boys leading the younger ones through the entire cemetery. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "Scouts add flags to veterans' graves at Crown Point cemetery," 25 May 2018 The mini-burgers are sold singly, in twos and threes, or in 16-pack boxes. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mini-burger chain Burgerim is coming to Milwaukee's downtown," 22 May 2018 Flagrant One fouls are worth one point, while flagrant twos are worth two points. Sam Amick, USA TODAY, "Draymond Green's flagrant foul won't be rescinded, but history serves as cautionary tale," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of two

Adjective

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

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for two

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

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

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two

noun

English Language Learners Definition of two

: the number 2

: the second in a set or series

: two o'clock

two

adjective
\ˈtü \

Kids Definition of two

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: being one more than one

two

noun

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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