Twelve definition

twĕlv
Totaling two more than ten.
adjective
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The cardinal number equal to the sum of 11 + 1.
noun
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Any group of twelve persons or things; dozen.
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The twelfth in a set or sequence.
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The twelve original disciples of Jesus.
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The cardinal number between eleven and thirteen; 12; XII.
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The books of the Minor Prophets in the Hebrew Scriptures.
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A group of twelve items.

Fractions would be a little easier if we counted by twelves.

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A twelve-bore gun.
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Something numbered twelve or having twelve units, as a throw of dice, etc.
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the Twelve
  • the Twelve Apostles
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
twelve
Plural:
twelves

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the Twelve

Origin of twelve

  • Middle English from Old English twelf dwo- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Middle English, from Old English twelf, from Proto-Germanic *twalif, an old compound of *twa- (“two") and *-lif (“left over"), from Proto-Indo-European *leikw- (“leave, remain"). Compare West Frisian tolve, Dutch twaalf, German zwölf, Danish tolf, Norwegian tolv.

    From Wiktionary