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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
twelve /twɛlv/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  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.

adj. [before a noun]
  1. amounting to 12 in number.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
twelve (twelv),USA pronunciation  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. Religionthe Twelve, the 12 apostles chosen by Christ.

adj. 
  1. amounting to 12 in number.
  • bef. 900; Middle English twelve, inflected form of twelf, Old English twelfe literally, (ten and) two leave, i.e., two left over; cognate with Old Frisian twelef, twelf, Old High German zwelif, Old Norse tōlf, Gothic twalif; compare Lithuanian dvýlika; see two, leave1, eleven


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

twelve /twɛlv/ n
  1. the cardinal number that is the sum of ten and two
  2. 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
  1. amounting to twelve
  2. (as pronoun): twelve have arrived
    Related adjective(s): duodecimal
Etymology: Old English twelf; related to Old Frisian twelif, Old High German zwelif, Old Norse tolf, Gothic twalif



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