Definition of twelve in English:

twelve

Syllabification: twelve
Pronunciation: /twelv
 
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number

1Equivalent to the product of three and four; two more than ten; 12: he walked twelve miles there are just twelve of us in all a twelve-string guitar (Roman numeral: xii, XII)
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  • I've walked twelve miles today, and most of it on roads - busy and congested - and my feet hurt from the heavy pack and the asphalt.
  • She stopped to rest twice but covered the entire twelve miles on foot.
  • On the ground floor the books must go twelve feet up the wall, and you can't even read the titles of the ones on the top shelf without a ladder.
1.1A group or unit of twelve people or things.
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  • Mincepies were originally made in twelves and should be offered by a friend-they go with anything, sherry, mulled wine, tea or coffee and can be eaten at any time of day.
  • Charles really nailed it when he sang ‘Ribbon In the Sky’, a Stevie Wonder ballad, which propelled him to the final twelve.
  • And he sat down and called the twelve; and he said to them, ‘If any one would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.’
1.2Twelve years old: a small blond girl of about twelve
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  • Around 8 a.m., the oldest of his three offspring, all girls aged ten through twelve, would load up and head for Castries.
  • Youth theatre for boys and girls aged eight to twelve years is held in Rathdowney Church of Ireland Hall on Saturdays from 2 to 4pm.
  • Padma draped her first sari at the age of twelve, the age at which girls traditionally began to wear saris when they, as she politely puts it, matured.
1.3Twelve o’clock: it’s half past twelve
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  • All this occurred between twelve and one o'clock this morning.
  • Byrne's World of Wonder, on the Cork Road, Waterford will be open at midnight on Friday and will commence selling the book at one second past twelve!
  • Unfortunately, those three came back at five past twelve.
1.4A size of garment or other merchandise denoted by twelve.
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  • It was Alexz that would never fit in mom's clothes, being the size twelve that she is.
  • Who wants to tell someone she's really a size twelve, anyway.
  • Walking was a bore and I really hated exercise so it was a surprise that I was a size twelve, if you saw the amount I could eat.
1.5 (the Twelve) The twelve Apostles.

Origin

Old English twelf(e), from the base of two + a second element (probably expressing the sense 'left over'); of Germanic origin and related to Dutch twaalf and German zwölf. Compare with eleven.

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