two

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English numbers
20
 <  1 2 3  > 
    Cardinal : two
    Ordinal : second
    Adverbial : twice
    Multiplier : double

Alternative forms[edit]

  • twa (obsolete outside dialects)

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English two, twa, from Old English twā ‎(two), from Proto-Germanic *twai ‎(two), from Proto-Indo-European *dwóh₁ ‎(two). Cognate with Scots twa ‎(two); North Frisian tou, tuu ‎(two); Saterland Frisian twäin, two ‎(two); West Frisian twa ‎(two); Dutch twee ‎(two); Low German twee, twei ‎(two); German zwei, zwo ‎(two); Danish to ‎(two); Swedish två, tu ‎(two); Icelandic tvö ‎(two); Latin duō ‎(two); Ancient Greek δύο ‎(dúo, two); Irish dhá ‎(two); Lithuanian ‎(two); Russian два ‎(dva, two); Albanian dy ‎(two); Old Armenian երկու ‎(erku, two); Sanskrit द्व ‎(dvá, two); Tocharian A wu, Tocharian B wi ‎(two). See also twain.

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Numeral[edit]

two

  1. (cardinal) A numerical value equal to 2; the second number in the set of natural numbers (especially in number theory); the cardinality of the set {0, 1}; one plus one. Ordinal: second. This many dots (••).
  2. Describing a set or group with two components.
    • 1927, F. E. Penny, chapter 5, Pulling the Strings:
      “[…] The two murders might have been done by one of the ryots who was dissatisfied over his assessment and thought he had a grievance. […].”

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Noun[edit]

two ‎(plural twos)

  1. The digit/figure 2.
    The number 2202 contains three twos.
  2. (US, informal) A two-dollar bill.
  3. A child aged two.
    This toy is suitable for the twos and threes.
  4. The playing cards featuring two pips.

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Saterland Frisian[edit]

Saterland Frisian cardinal numbers
 <  1 2 3  > 
    Cardinal : two

Etymology[edit]

From Old Frisian twā. Compare North Frisian twäär, tou (Mooring), tau (Föhr-Amrum) and West Frisian twa.

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Numeral[edit]

two

  1. two