Origin of twelveMiddle English twelfe ; from Old English twelf, akin to German zwölf, Gothic twalif ; from Proto-Germanic an unverified form twa-lif ; from Indo-European bases an unverified form dw?u (from source two) and amp; an unverified form likw- ; from base an unverified form leikw-, to leave behind from source loan: origin, originally sense, “two left (beyond ten)”: compare eleven
- the cardinal number between eleven and thirteen; 12; XII
- any group of twelve persons or things; dozen
- something numbered twelve or having twelve units, as a throw of dice, etc.
- The cardinal number equal to the sum of 11 + 1.
- The twelfth in a set or sequence.
- Twelve Bible a. The twelve original disciples of Jesus.b. The books of the Minor Prophets in the Hebrew Scriptures.
Origin of twelveMiddle English, from Old English twelf; see dwo- in Indo-European roots.
- Ordinal: twelfth