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 (twĕn′tē, twŭn′-)
1. The cardinal number equal to 2 × 10.
2. twenties
a. A decade or the numbers from 20 to 29: The children are now in their twenties. The temperature dipped into the twenties.
b. often Twenties The decade from 20 to 29 in a century.
3. A twenty-dollar bill.

[Middle English, from Old English twēntig; see dwo- in Indo-European roots.]

twen′ty adj. & pron.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.twenties - the time of life between 20 and 30twenties - the time of life between 20 and 30  
time of life - a period of time during which a person is normally in a particular life state
adulthood, maturity - the period of time in your life after your physical growth has stopped and you are fully developed
2.twenties - the decade from 1920 to 1929twenties - the decade from 1920 to 1929  
decade, decennary, decennium - a period of 10 years
العِشْرينات من القَرْندرجات الحَرارَه بين العِشْرين والثّلاثينفَتْرَة العِشْرينات من العُمْر
dvacátá létapřes dvacetteplota mezi 20 a 30
huszashuszas évek
milli tuttugu og òrjátíuòriîji áratugurinnòrítugsaldur
dvadsiate roky
20-30 arası asırlar20-30 arası dereceler20-30 yaşlar


[ˈtwɛntiz] npl
(= age) to be in one's twenties → avoir la vingtaine
a woman in her twenties → un femme d'une vingtaine d'années
I really enjoyed my early twenties → Je me suis beaucoup amusé quand j'avais vingt, vingt-cinq ans.
(= 1920s) the twenties → les années vingt
in the twenties → dans les années vingt
the late twenties → la fin des années vingt
the early twenties → le début des années vingt
(= temperature)
The temperature sometimes gets up to the high twenties → De temps en temps la température frôle les trente degrés.
It rarely gets warmer here than the low twenties → Ici la température dépasse rarement les vingt degrés.
in the twenties → dans les vingt degrés


(ˈtwenti) noun
1. the number or figure 20.
2. the age of 20.
1. 20 in number.
2. aged 20.
ˈtwenties noun plural
1. the period of time between one's twentieth and thirtieth birthdays.
2. the range of temperatures between twenty and thirty degrees.
3. the period of time between the twentieth and thirtieth years of a century.
ˈtwentieth noun
1. one of twenty equal parts.
2. (also adjective) (the) last of twenty (people, things etc); (the) next after the nineteenth.
having twenty (of something).
ˈtwenty-year-old noun
a person who is twenty years old.
(of a person or thing) twenty years old.
References in classic literature ?
He was a strapping young fellow in the early twenties then, handsome, warm-hearted, and full of life, and he came to us like a miracle in the midst of that grim business.
Then I heard the pattering of their feet, and they came round me by tens and by twenties, and fawned upon me.
Don Quixote felt them, and guessed at once what it was, and said to Sancho, "Thou hast nothing to be afraid of, for these feet and legs that thou feelest but canst not see belong no doubt to some outlaws and freebooters that have been hanged on these trees; for the authorities in these parts are wont to hang them up by twenties and thirties when they catch them; whereby I conjecture that I must be near Barcelona;" and it was, in fact, as he supposed; with the first light they looked up and saw that the fruit hanging on those trees were freebooters' bodies.
His pride answered "yes," but against his will he pictured himself being dumped ruthlessly into the pitiless sixties while Rose still lingered in the glorious twenties.
After waiting for a moment they both disappeared, and having turned on her pillow Rachel woke to find herself in the midst of one of those interminable nights which do not end at twelve, but go on into the double figures-- thirteen, fourteen, and so on until they reach the twenties, and then the thirties, and then the forties.