Both definition

bōth
Together; equally; as well.

Both tired and hungry.

conjunction
14
5
The definition of both is one and the other one.

An example of both used as an adjective is in the sentence, "I had the cheesecake and chocolate mousse; both desserts were tasty," which means that the cheesecake and the chocolate mousse were tasty.

adjective
8
0
Including both (used with and)

Both you and I are students.

conjunction
4
0
Both means the one and the other one.

An example of both used as a pronoun is in the sentence, "The children played outside; both had an excellent time," which means that the children had an excellent time.

pronoun
3
0
The one and the other.

Both were candidates. We are both candidates. Both of us are candidates.

pronoun
6
4
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Both is defined as each of two parts or persons.

An example of both used as a conjunction is in the sentence, "Both girls and boys were invited to the birthday party," which means that boys and girls were invited to the birthday party.

conjunction
0
0
Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

He prayeth well who loveth well both man and bird and beast.

determiner
0
0
The two; the one and the other.

Both birds sang loudly; both were small; both of them were tired.

adjective
3
4
One and the other; relating to or being two in conjunction.

Both guests have arrived. Both the books are torn. Both her fingers are broken.

adjective
2
3
Each of the two; one and the other.

"Did you want this one or that one?" "Give me both."

Both children are such dolls.

determiner
0
1
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Used with and to indicate that each of two things in a coordinated phrase or clause is included.

Both men and women; an attorney well regarded for both intelligence and honesty.

conjunction
4
6

Origin of both

  • Middle English bothe probably from Old Norse bādhar

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English boþe, from Old Norse báðir

    From Wiktionary