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[tween] /twin/
contraction of between.
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; Middle English twene, aphetic variant of atwene (see a-1) or betwene between Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for tween
  • The play- ground is a fenced and paved lot be- tween a slum and the river.
  • If you are looking for a form fitting bright shiny coat for your tween, do not buy this one.
  • He stands six feet two, and his weight varies be- tween two hundred and ten and two hundred and fifteen well-distributed pounds.
  • But one of the differences be- tween old money and new money is that new money tends to be more fragile.
  • The line be tween the two, as any smithy knows, is thin.
British Dictionary definitions for tween


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Word Origin and History for tween

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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