Definition of twelve number from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//twelv//
; NAmE NAmE//twelv//
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12 Word OriginOld English twelf(e), from the base of two + a second element (probably expressing the sense ‘left over’); of Germanic origin and related to Dutch twaalf and German zwölf. Compare with eleven.
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