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twelve

 (twĕlv)
n.
1. The cardinal number equal to the sum of 11 + 1.
2. The twelfth in a set or sequence.
3. Twelve Bible
a. The twelve original disciples of Jesus.
b. The books of the Minor Prophets in the Hebrew Scriptures.

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

twelve adj. & pron.

twelve

(twɛlv)
n
1. (Mathematics) the cardinal number that is the sum of ten and two. See also number1
2. (Mathematics) a numeral, 12, XII, etc, representing this number
3. something represented by, representing, or consisting of 12 units
4. Also called: twelve o'clock noon or midnight
determiner
a. amounting to twelve: twelve loaves.
b. (as pronoun): twelve have arrived. See also dozenduodecimaldodeca-
[Old English twelf; related to Old Frisian twelif, Old High German zwelif, Old Norse tolf, Gothic twalif]

twelve

(twɛlv)

n.
1. a cardinal number, 10 plus 2.
2. a symbol for this number, as 12 or XII.
3. a set of this many persons or things.
4.
a. the Twelve, the 12 apostles chosen by Christ.
b. the 12 books of the Minor Prophets.
adj.
5. amounting to 12 in number.
[before 900; Middle English twelve, inflected form of twelf, Old English twelfe literally, (ten and) two left, c. Old Frisian twelef, twelf, Old High German zwelif, Old Norse tōlf; see two, leave1, eleven]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.twelve - the cardinal number that is the sum of eleven and onetwelve - the cardinal number that is the sum of eleven and one
large integer - an integer equal to or greater than ten
boxcars - (usually plural) an expression used when two dice are thrown and both come up showing six spots
Adj.1.twelve - denoting a quantity consisting of 12 items or unitstwelve - denoting a quantity consisting of 12 items or units
cardinal - being or denoting a numerical quantity but not order; "cardinal numbers"

twelve

determiner
Related words
adjective duodecimal
combining form dodeca-
Translations
twaalf
اثنا عشراِثْنَا عَشَرَالرَّقم 12العدد 12عُمْر ال 12
дванадесет
dvanáctdvanáct letdvanáctiletý
tolv
dek du
kaksteist
دوازده
kaksitoista
dvanaest
tizenkettõtizenkettő
tólftólf ára
十二
12
duodecim
dvylikadvylikametisdvylikosdvylikos metųdvylikos metų amžius
divpadsmitdivpadsmit gadu vecumsdivpadsmit gadus vecs
dvanásťdvanásť rokov
dvanajst
дванаест
tolv
สิบสอง
on ikion iki yaş
mười hai

twelve

[twelv]
A. ADJdoce
B. Ndoce m
see five for usage
C. CPD twelve inch N (Mus) → maxisingle m

twelve

[ˈtwɛlv] numdouze
She's twelve → Elle a douze ans.
at twelve, at twelve o'clock (= midday) → à midi; (midnight)à minuit

twelve

adjzwölf; twelve noonzwölf Uhr (mittags)
nZwölf f ? also six

twelve

:
twelve-mile limit
nZwölfmeilenzone f
twelvemonth
n (old)zwölf Monate pl, → ein Jahr nt
twelve-tone
adj (Mus) → Zwölfton-; twelve musicZwölftonmusik f

twelve

[twɛlv] adj & ndodici (m) inv
at twelve → alle dodici, a mezzogiorno (midnight) → a mezzanotte
for usage see five

twelve

(twelv) noun
1. the number or figure 12.
2. the age of 12.
adjective
1. 12 in number.
2. aged 12.
twelve-
having twelve (of something). a twelve-week delay.
ˈtwelfth (-fθ) noun
1. one of twelve equal parts.
2. (also adjective) (the) last of twelve (people, things etc); (the) next after the eleventh.
ˈtwelve-year-old noun
a person or animal who is twelve years old.
adjective
(of a person, animal or thing) that is twelve years old.

twelve

اِثْنَا عَشَرَ dvanáct tolv zwölf δώδεκα doce kaksitoista douze dvanaest dodici 十二 12 twaalf tolv dwanaście doze двенадцать tolv สิบสอง on iki mười hai 十二
References in classic literature ?
There was a king who had twelve beautiful daughters.
The casting was to take place at twelve o'clock precisely.
Every year you must bring me from among your people twelve youths and twelve maidens, that I may devour them.
Who was Born in Newgate, and during a Life of continu'd Variety for Threescore Years, besides her Childhood, was Twelve Year a Whore, five times a Wife (whereof once to her own Brother), Twelve Year a Thief, Eight Year a Transported Felon in Virginia, at last grew Rich, liv'd Honest, and dies a Penitent.
Well they may," said one of the rowers, "they are twelve, and we but eight.
In the battles which ensued the people of Madagonia slaughtered two thousand Novakatkans and wounded twelve thousand.
While he was hunting in the jungle for his breakfast he came suddenly upon Number Three and Number Twelve similarly employed.
If you meet a member of that select club, "The Twelve True Fishermen," entering the Vernon Hotel for the annual club dinner, you will observe, as he takes off his overcoat, that his evening coat is green and not black.
He meant to write a poem in twelve books, each book containing the adventures of a knight who was to show forth one virtue.
To each of the twelve lashings clung a brawny warrior with drawn short-sword.
And forge me first, twelve rods for its shank; then wind, and twist, and hammer these twelve together like the yarns and strands of a tow-line.
For by all that is good it is as true as that it is daylight now; and if it be a lie, it must be a lie too that there was a Hector, or Achilles, or Trojan war, or Twelve Peers of France, or Arthur of England, who still lives changed into a raven, and is unceasingly looked for in his kingdom.