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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


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 For the most part, people sat in twos or threes with ample grassy space between them. Anna Bauman,, 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,, 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,, 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,, 24 July 2019 See More

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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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“Two.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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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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