Origin of twain
Examples from the Web for 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|Allen Barra|July 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Timothy Egan|October 23, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The cheerful one of the twain lit a cigarette; and in the process received the glad eye from a passing siren of striking aspect.Men, Women and Guns|H. C. (Herman Cyril) McNeile
When the nation was rent in twain, Lincoln, the propitiator, counselled conciliation.Masterpieces of Negro Eloquence|Various
Dost remember the mace which belonged to thy brother, and how I cut its handle in twain?Wulnoth the Wanderer|Herbert Escott-Inman
Dame Ute and her daughter, / thither passed the twain With train of fair attendants / unto a hall full wide.The Nibelungenlied|Unknown
But for us twain and for these dead ones shall the end of ends be Life, or shall it be Death?She|H. Rider Haggard
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.