American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The ordinal number matching the number 12 in a series.
- n. One of 12 equal parts.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Next in order after the eleventh: an ordinal numeral.
- Being one of twelve equal parts into which a whole is regarded as divided.
- n. One of twelve equal parts of anything; the quotient of unity divided by twelve.
- n. In early English law, a twelfth of the rents of the year, or of movables, or both, granted or levied by way of tax.
- n. In music, a tone twelve diatonic degrees above or below a given tone, or the interval between two such tones; a compound fifth.
- n. In organ-building, a stop giving tones a twelfth above the normal pitch of the digitals used.
- n. Twelfth-day.
- adj. ordinal The ordinal form of number twelve, describing a person or thing in position number 12 of a sequence.
- n. fractional One of twelve equal parts of a whole.
- n. music An interval equal to an octave plus a fifth
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Next in order after the eleventh; coming after eleven others; -- the ordinal of
- adj. Constituting, or being one of, twelve equal parts into which anything is divided.
- n. The quotient of a unit divided by twelve; one of twelve equal parts of one whole.
- n. The next in order after the eleventh.
- n. (Mus.) An interval comprising an octave and a fifth.
- adj. coming next after the eleventh and just before the thirteenth in position
- n. one part in twelve equal parts
- n. position 12 in a countable series of things
- Middle English twelfthe, alteration of Old English twelfta; see dwo- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“For me, gym class finally became almost bearable in twelfth-grade, when the emphasis shifted from team sports to what the teacher called "lifelong activities" like running, golf, and tennis.”
“Song for Eloise set in twelfth century France and fifteen year old Eloise is married off to a man twice her age.”
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