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twelve Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun the cardinal number that is the sum of eleven and one
    12; dozen; XII.
  2. adjective satellite denoting a quantity consisting of 12 items or units
    12; dozen; xii.

Twelve adjective
OE. twelve, twelf, AS. twelf; akin to OFries. twelf, twelef, twilif, OS. twelif, D. twaalf, G. zwölf, OHG. zwelif, Icel. tlf, Sw. tolf, Dan. tolv, Goth. twalif, from the root of E. two + the same element as in the second part of E. eleven. See Two, and Eleven.
  1. One more that eleven; two and ten; twice six; a dozen.
Twelve noun
  1. The number next following eleven; the sum of ten and two, or of twice six; twelve units or objects; a dozen.
  2. A symbol representing twelve units, as 12, or xii. Matt. xxvi. 20.

Webster 1913