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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
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  • However, he had curiosity enough to ask, "What upset things 'tween you 'n Ed?"

    Prairie Folks Hamlin Garland
  • Dere didn't useter be no diff'ence 'tween us, and dere oughtn't to be none now.'

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • Out of unbroken faith, and kindly shafts 'tween hearts disponent, bridges have been built For love's plenipotence to cross.

    The Mortal Gods and Other Plays Olive Tilford Dargan
  • I ain't sartin there ain't some redskins 'tween hyer and the clearing.

    Field and Forest Oliver Optic
  • Up to now there hasn't been a force in all Gawd's world that could 've come 'tween me an' the things you're teachin'.

    Sunlight Patch Credo Fitch Harris
British Dictionary definitions for tween


Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

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