(colloquial) A banknote with a denomination of 20.
- the decade 1920-29, regarded as a time of economic growth and of rebellion against social, esp. sexual, conventions
- the numbers or years, as of a century, from twenty through twenty-nine
Other Word Forms of Twenty
Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Twenty
- the Roaring Twenties
- the twenties
Origin of Twenty
From Middle English twenty, twenti, from Old English twÄ“ntiÄ¡ (“twenty", literally “two tens"), from Proto-Germanic *twaintigiwiz, *twai tigiwiz, an old compound of *twain-/*twai (see two) and *-tigaz/*teguz, equivalent to two +"Ž -ty, or twain +"Ž -ty. Cognate with Scots twenty, tuenty (“twenty"), West Frisian tweintich (“twenty"), Dutch twintig (“twenty"), German zwanzig (“twenty"), Danish tyve.
Middle English from Old English twēntig dwo- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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