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[twelv-muhnth] /ˈtwɛlvˌmʌnθ/
noun, Chiefly British.
a year.
Origin of twelvemonth
before 1050; Middle English twelfmoneth. See twelve, month
Related forms
twelvemonthly, adverb Unabridged
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  • I hope to see her the wife of Sir James within a twelvemonth.

    Lady Susan Jane Austen
  • Their old neighbours told me they had been gone to Martinique, about a twelvemonth.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • For nearly a twelvemonth he had been a house-surgeon at the Hospital of La Pitie.

  • "Well, he has lasted more than a twelvemonth," replied Morin.

  • A twelvemonth has not yet passed since history seemed to want incident.

  • Returning in about a twelvemonth, he resumed his old seat, among his cronies.

  • After reigning for a twelvemonth, he was banished from Mexico on parole never to return.

    Aztec Land Maturin M. Ballou
  • He seemed to have grown much brighter and gayer of mood in this past twelvemonth.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • It took her a twelvemonth to go round the cuddy with this labor of love.

    End of the Tether Joseph Conrad
  • Why, before I had been a twelvemonth in the trade I was up to that trick—and I am only an engineer.

    End of the Tether Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for twelvemonth


(mainly Brit) an archaic or dialect word for year
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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