twelve

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English numbers
 <  11 12 13  > 
    Cardinal : twelve
    Ordinal : twelfth
    Multiplier : twelvefold
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  • Arabic numerals: 12
  • Roman numerals: XII

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English twelve, from Old English twelf(twelve), from Proto-Germanic *twalif, an old compound of *twa-(two) and *-lif(left over), from Proto-Indo-European *leykʷ-(leave, remain). Cognate with Saterland Frisian tweelf, tweelif, tweelich(twelve), West Frisian tolve(twelve), Dutch twaalf(twelve), German zwölf(twelve), Danish tolf(twelve), Norwegian tolv(twelve).

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twelve

  1. The cardinal number occurring after eleven and before thirteen, represented in Arabic numerals as 12 and in Roman numerals as XII.
    There are twelve months in a year.

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twelve ‎(plural twelves)

  1. A group of twelve items.
    Fractions would be a little easier if we counted by twelves.
  2. A twelve-bore gun.
    • 1982, Lawrence Durrell, Constance, Faber & Faber 2004 (Avignon Quintet), page 880:
      In this way Von Esslin ‘inherited’ two fine hammerless twelves which he used once or twice for duck on the Camargue.
  3. (law, colloquial) A jury (normally composed of twelve persons).

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