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Twain

[tweyn] /tweɪn/
noun
1.
Mark, pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens.

Clemens

[klem-uh nz] /ˈklɛm ənz/
noun
1.
Roger (William Roger Clemens"The Rocket") born 1962, U.S. baseball pitcher.
2.
Samuel Langhorne
[lang-hawrn,, -ern] /ˈlæŋ hɔrn,, -ərn/ (Show IPA),
("Mark Twain") 1835–1910, U.S. author and humorist.
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  • It was to the Enterprise that mark twain had been sending his writings, and at last he was offered a position on the staff.

    The Ordeal of Mark Twain Van Wyck Brooks
  • He was reading a volume of mark twain for his recreation in the train.

    India and the Indians Edward F. Elwin
  • There is much, I fear, of misguided honesty in mark twain's records of foreign travel.

    Mark Twain Archibald Henderson
  • I read from mark twain's lips one or two of his good stories.

    Story of My Life Helen Keller
  • Glance, now, at a few examples of mark twain's humor: let us see whether they corroborate this argument.

    The Ordeal of Mark Twain Van Wyck Brooks
British Dictionary definitions for mark twain

Clemens

/ˈklɛmənz/
noun
1.
Samuel Langhorne (ˈlæŋˌhɔːn) See Twain

twain

/tweɪn/
determiner, noun
1.
an archaic word for two
Word Origin
Old English twēgen; related to Old Saxon twēne, Old High German zwēne, Old Norse tveir, Gothic twai

Twain

/tweɪn/
noun
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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Word Origin and History for mark twain

twain

Old English twegen (masc.) "two" (masc. nominative and accusative), from Proto-Germanic *twa- (see two). The word outlasted the breakdown of gender in Middle English 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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