dvandva

[ dvahn-dvah, dvuhn-dvuh ]
/ ˈdvɑn dvɑ, ˈdvʌn dvə /

noun Grammar.

a compound word neither element of which is subordinate to the other, as bittersweet, Anglo-Saxon.

QUIZZES

IS YOUR VOCABULARY AS STRONG AS A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT? TRY THIS QUIZ TO SEE!

It may seem like fun and games but this quiz that uses vocab from popular stories will determine how much you know.
Question 1 of 10
disgruntle

Origin of dvandva

1840–50; <Sanskrit, nasalized reduplication of dvatwo

Words nearby dvandva

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for dvandva

dvandva
/ (ˈdvɑːndvɑː) /

noun

a class of compound words consisting of two elements having a coordinate relationship as if connected by and
a compound word of this type, such as Austro-Hungarian, tragicomic

Word Origin for dvandva

from Sanskrit dvamdva a pair, from the reduplication of dva two
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012