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twain (tweɪn)
 
determiner, —n
an archaic word for two
 
[Old English twēgen; related to Old Saxon twēne, Old High German zwēne, Old Norse tveir, Gothic twai]

Twain (tweɪn)
 
n
1.  Mark, pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens. 1835--1910, US novelist and humorist, famous for his classics The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885)
2.  Shania (ʃəˈnaɪə), real name Eilleen Regina Edwards. born 1965, Canadian country-rock singer; her bestselling recordings include The Woman In Me (1995) Come On Over (1997), and UP! (2002)

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twain
O.E. twegen (masc.) "two" (masc. nom. and acc.), from P.Gmc. *twa- (see two). The word outlasted the breakdown of gender in M.E. and survived as a secondary form of two, especially in cases where the numeral follows a noun. Its continuation into modern times was aided by its
use in KJV and the Marriage Service, in poetry (where it is a useful rhyme word), and in oral use where it is necessary to be clear that two and not to or too is meant.
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