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twelve adj : denoting a quantity consisting of 12 items or units [syn: 12, xii, dozen] n : the cardinal number that is the sum of eleven and one [syn: 12, XII, dozen]

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  • (RP) /twelv/


Old English twelf from Germanic *twalif-, an old compound of *twa- (see two) and *-lif (meaning left over; see leave) < *leikw- (leave, remain).

Cardinal number

  1. The cardinal number occurring after eleven and before thirteen, represented in Roman numerals as XII and in Arabic numerals as 12. Ordinal: twelfth.
    • Symbolic: 12
    • Roman: XII


  1. Describing a set or group with twelve components. There are twelve months in a year.



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