An Australian woman in her late twenties told me she was an “honorary Jew” with no actual Jewish heritage.
“People in their early twenties are not ready to settle down,” she says.
The middle cohort of those voters—Americans in their twenties—were alive during the 1990s, but not politically aware.
The sounds of mayhem drew a neighbor out from his apartment, a man in his early twenties.
When I was in the closet in my twenties, I considered suicide almost every day.
Norton drew out a packet of bills and counted off five twenties.
This time, a mild-faced young man in his middle twenties appeared.
I had been glad to die; but the pulse of life runs strong in the twenties; and the shrewd old beggar was right.
Fives—tens—twenties—fifties—all crisp, and nice, and new bank-notes.
Yet young women in the twenties do not always scorn the attentions of boys, and Jenny had certainly not despised Lacey's.
1829 as the years of someone's life between 20 and 29; 1830 as a decade of years in a given century. See twenty.
Old English twentig "group of twenty," from twegen "two" (see two) + -tig "group of ten" (see -ty (1)). Cognate with Old Frisian twintich, Dutch twintig, Old High German zweinzug, German zwanzig. Gothic twai tigjus is even more transparent: literally "two tens."
The card game twenty-one (1790) is from French vingt-et-un (1781). Twenty-twenty hindsight is first recorded 1962, a figurative use of the Snellen fraction for normal visual acuity, expressed in feet. The guessing game of twenty questions is recorded from 1786. The Twentieth Century Limited was an express train from New York to Chicago 1902-1967.