[adjective too-fohld; adverb too-fohld]


having two elements or parts.
twice as great or as much; double.


in twofold measure; doubly.

Origin of twofold

Middle English word dating back to 1125–75; see origin at two, -fold
Related formstwo·fold·ness, noun



noun Theater.

a unit of stage scenery consisting of two flats hinged together. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for twofold

binary, double, dual, duplex, duplicate, bifold, binal, diploid, duple

Examples from the Web for twofold

Contemporary Examples of twofold

Historical Examples of twofold

  • The two together supply our guardians with their twofold nature.

  • There is a twofold difficulty in apprehending this aspect of the Platonic writings.

  • Joy is twofold when both share it, and only grief is less for being borne by two.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • Were I to be guided by thine advice a twofold purpose would be served.

    The Sea-Hawk

    Raphael Sabatini

  • The method by which he got the allies to connive at his doings was twofold.



British Dictionary definitions for twofold



equal to twice as many or twice as much; doublea twofold increase
made of two parts; duala twofold reason


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Word Origin and History for twofold

Old English tweofeald; see two + -fold.

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