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twelfth

[twelfth] /twɛlfθ/
adjective
1.
next after the eleventh; being the ordinal number for 12.
2.
being one of 12 equal parts.
noun
3.
a twelfth part, especially of one (1/12).
4.
the twelfth member of a series.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English twelfthe, twelfte, Old English twelfta, equivalent to twelf twelve + -ta -th2
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  • It was extensive in the twelfth and thirteenth dynasties and contained many rich tombs.
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  • A twelfth school house is in the early stages of development.
  • The country ranked twelfth in the world for its number of active troops in service.
British Dictionary definitions for twelfth

twelfth

/twɛlfθ/
adjective
1.
(usually prenominal)
  1. coming after the eleventh in number or counting order, position, time, etc; being the ordinal number of twelve: often written 12th
  2. (as noun): the twelfth of the month
noun
2.
  1. one of 12 equal or nearly equal parts of an object, quantity, measurement, etc
  2. (as modifier): a twelfth part
3.
the fraction equal to one divided by 12 (1/12)
4.
(music)
  1. an interval of one octave plus a fifth
  2. one of two notes constituting such an interval in relation to the other
  3. an organ stop sounding a note one octave and a fifth higher than that normally produced by the key depressed
Word Origin
from Old English twelfta
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Word Origin and History for twelfth
adj.

Old English twelfta, cognate with Old Norse tolfti, Old Frisian twelefta, Old High German zwelifto, German zwölfte (see twelve + -th (1)).

Old English twelftan niht "Twelfth Night," the eve of Epiphany, which comes twelve days after Christmas, formerly was a time of merrymaking.

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