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[twelv-muhnth] /ˈtwɛlvˌmʌnθ/
noun, Chiefly British
a year.
Origin of twelvemonth
before 1050; Middle English twelfmoneth. See twelve, month
Related forms
twelvemonthly, adverb Unabridged
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  • This was a twelvemonth after Paute had come to stay with him.

    The Call Of The South Louis Becke
  • Their old neighbours told me they had been gone to Martinique, about a twelvemonth.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • And they were well fed: he had more meat in a week now than in a twelvemonth in Ireland.

    Cedar Creek Elizabeth Hely Walshe
  • For nearly a twelvemonth he had been a house-surgeon at the Hospital of La Pitie.

  • "A twelvemonth," said Jack, going to his beaker again, for understanding.

    A Set of Rogues Frank Barrett
  • A twelvemonth has not yet passed since history seemed to want incident.

  • He took his horse and rode away, and she heard nothing of him for a twelvemonth.

  • Returning in about a twelvemonth, he resumed his old seat, among his cronies.

  • Assured against meeting another levy of the Empire for at least a twelvemonth, he moved on into Syria.

    The Ancient East D. G. Hogarh
  • After reigning for a twelvemonth, he was banished from Mexico on parole never to return.

    Aztec Land Maturin M. Ballou
British Dictionary definitions for twelvemonth


(mainly Brit) an archaic or dialect word for year
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