- next after the eleventh; being the ordinal number for 12.
- being one of 12 equal parts.
- a twelfth part, especially of one (1/12).
- the twelfth member of a series.
Origin of twelfth
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Examples from the Web for twelfth
He also has a best supporting actor nomination for his mincing, lovestruck Olivia in Twelfth Night.Who Will Win the Tony Awards?
June 7, 2014
There was much better drag this season—like Mark Rylance [in Twelfth Night].A Tony Voter on Bryan Cranston’s Overrated LBJ, Neil Patrick Harris’s Underwhelming Hedwig
June 4, 2014
The Armory Show, located at Twelfth Avenue and 55th Street, will be on display until March 9th and is open from 12pm—7pm daily.10 Works to See at the Armory Show in New York City
March 6, 2014
Editor's note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated Mark Rylance's role in Twelfth Night.10 Best Plays of the Year: Richard III, No Man’s Land, and More
December 27, 2013
The Twelfth Day of Christmas photo will be up on Christmas morning, a gift to everyone from folks who really know how to Ho!Meet Butters, the Christmas Dog Model
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The third mention of this sonnet-story in a play is later still: it is in "Twelfth Night."The Man Shakespeare
They followed him, and on Twelfth Day laid the charter before him.Cameos from English History, from Rollo to Edward II
Charlotte Mary Yonge
In the twelfth month of 1792 a convention of reformers was held at Edinburgh.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
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In the twelfth, a very small bladder, were ten drops of brandy.My Double Life
In "Twelfth Night," both ladies make the first advances in love.A Dish Of Orts
- (usually prenominal)
- coming after the eleventh in number or counting order, position, time, etc; being the ordinal number of twelve: often written 12th
- (as noun)the twelfth of the month
- one of 12 equal or nearly equal parts of an object, quantity, measurement, etc
- (as modifier)a twelfth part
- the fraction equal to one divided by 12 (1/12)
- an interval of one octave plus a fifth
- one of two notes constituting such an interval in relation to the other
- an organ stop sounding a note one octave and a fifth higher than that normally produced by the key depressed
from Old English twelfta
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Word Origin and History for twelfth
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