- a cardinal number, 10 plus 2.
- a symbol for this number, as 12 or XII.
- a set of this many persons or things.
- the Twelve, the 12 apostles chosen by Christ.
- amounting to 12 in number.
Origin of twelve
Examples from the Web for twelve
Grindr currently has twelve ‘tribes,’ and for some people this just is not enough.Grindr’s Trans Dating Problem
January 9, 2015
When twelve people are killed by violence, whoever they are, for whatever reason, that is a tragedy and a waste.Trolls and Martyrdom: Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie
January 9, 2015
When it was announced that Jourdan Dunn would be the first black model to cover British Vogue in twelve years it made me sad.One Vogue Cover Doesn’t Solve Fashion’s Big Race Problem
January 2, 2015
This game is only two hours of what promises to be a twelve hour series, so there is plenty of time to get bigger and badder.‘Game of Thrones’ Interactive FanFiction: Whoops, My Friend Was Speared in the Throat
December 13, 2014
Twelve incumbent governors who publicly support Common Core easily won re-election.Why Voters Love Common Core
Harold Ford Jr.
November 28, 2014
Stater—A gold coin; estimated at about twelve shillings, three pence.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Twelve hours afterward the snow, three feet deep on a level, has melted.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
They studied the heavens and named the twelve signs of the Zodiak.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
On the 26th we arrived at Salisbury, twelve miles from Adelaide.Explorations in Australia
The clock struck twelve, and it seemed as if it struck a thousand.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
- the cardinal number that is the sum of ten and twoSee also number (def. 1)
- a numeral, 12, XII, etc, representing this number
- something represented by, representing, or consisting of 12 units
- Also called: twelve o'clock noon or midnight
- amounting to twelvetwelve loaves
- (as pronoun)twelve have arrived See also dozen Related adjective: duodecimal Related prefix: dodeca-
Word Origin and History for twelve
Old English twelf, literally "two left" (over ten), from Proto-Germanic *twa-lif-, a compound of the root of two + *lif-, root of the verb leave (see eleven). Cf. Old Saxon twelif, Old Norse tolf, Old Frisian twelef, Middle Dutch twalef, Dutch twaalf, Old High German zwelif, German zwölf, Gothic twalif. Outside Germanic, an analogous formation is Lithuanian dvylika, with second element -lika "left over."