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Origin of intertwine

First recorded in 1635–45; inter- + twine1
Related formsin·ter·twine·ment, nounin·ter·twin·ing·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of intertwined

  • It seemed more than a decree of chance that their fates should be intertwined.

    The Rock of Chickamauga

    Joseph A. Altsheler

  • The tarred ropes twined and intertwined like lichens and vines.

    Mayflower (Flor de mayo)

    Vicente Blasco Ibez

  • Only our locked, intertwined legs were visible; our bodies were lost in the sky.

    Beyond the Vanishing Point

    Raymond King Cummings

  • Her head bowed and her lips touching the intertwined fingers.

    At Fault

    Kate Chopin.

  • In the first place, this wit is intertwined with forgotten circumstance.

    Chimney-Pot Papers

    Charles S. Brooks

British Dictionary definitions for intertwined


  1. to unite or be united by twisting or twining togetherAlso: intertwist
Derived Formsintertwinement, nounintertwiningly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for intertwined



1640s, from inter- + twine (v.). Related: Intertwined; intertwining.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper