Origin of twain
Related Words for twainpair, double, couple, team, set, binary, span, duplicity, dichotomy, twin, duet, brace, duality, bifurcation, twins, dos, deuce, dyad, doublet, twosome
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Contemporary Examples of twain
Twain taught me that although the act of writing is solitary, the context that sustains it is social.
Twain found a way forward by making friends with other young writers.
In 1861, the year Twain went to Nevada, it had more than five thousand.
I also love Shakespeare, without claiming to be particularly knowledgeable, and Twain and all the rest.Poet of the Ozarks: Daniel Woodrell on His New Book and Life
July 7, 2013
By horseback and hoof, Twain takes us from the Mormon Theocracy of Utah to the wide-open craziness in the Sierra mining fields.Book Bag: Timothy Egan’s Five Favorite Travel Books
October 23, 2012
Historical Examples of twain
At least, I had not quarrelled with the dear twain of the Cedars.In the Valley
Truly, if this twain are to be judged by their voices, no two peas were ever more alike.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
With a sweeping flourish he slashed the paper globe in twain.City of Endless Night
The innocents abroad, young man,Are frightened by you twain.The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol. 1 (of 2)
And he fared back with the twain to see the corpse, which had been laid in an apartment.Dreamers of the Ghetto
Word Origin for twain
Old English twegen (masc.) "two" (masc. nominative and accusative), from Proto-Germanic *twa- (see two). The word outlasted the breakdown of gender in Middle English and survived as a secondary form of two, especially in cases where the numeral follows a noun. Its continuation into modern times was aided by its use in KJV and the Marriage Service, in poetry (where it is a useful rhyme word), and in oral use where it is necessary to be clear that two and not to or too is meant.