Definition of twain in English:

twain

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Pronunciation: /tweɪn
 
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  • archaic term for two. he split the spar in twain

Phrases

never the twain shall meet

Used to suggest that two things are too different to exist alongside each other: families were either ‘church’ or ‘chapel’ and never the twain shall meet
[from Rudyard Kipling's ‘Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet’ (Barrack-room Ballads, 1892)]
More example sentences
  • It was Rudyard Kipling who said, ‘east is east, west is west, and never the twain shall meet.’
  • The band members sat in the Third Class carriage while the brethren of the Loyal Orange Lodge adorned the First Class carriage; never the twain shall meet.
  • Each will look after their own, and never the twain shall meet.

Origin

Old English twegen, masculine of twā (see two).

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