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'tween

[tween] /twin/
preposition
1.
contraction of between.
noun
2.
Also, tween, tweeny. a youngster between 10 and 12 years of age, considered too old to be a child and too young to be a teenager.
Origin of 'tween
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English twene, aphetic variant of atwene (see a-1) or betwene between
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'tween

/twiːn/
contraction
1.
between
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noun

See tweenager

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prep.

c.1300 as an abbreviation of between. As a noun meaning "child nearing puberty" (approximately ages 9 to 12), attested by 1988, in this case by influence of teen. Related: Tweens.

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