twelfth

EnglishEdit

 
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    Cardinal: twelve
    Ordinal: twelfth
    Latinate ordinal: duodecimary
    Adverbial: twelve times
    Multiplier: twelvefold
    Latinate multiplier: duodecuple
    Collective: dozen, twelvesome
    Greek or Latinate collective: duodecad, duodecade
    Greek collective prefix: dodeca-
    Latinate collective prefix: duodeca-
    Fractional: twelfth, dozenth
    Greek prefix: dodecato-
    Number of musicians: duodecet

Alternative formsEdit

  • twelfe (obsolete, but the corresponding pronunciation /twɛlf/ is still widespread today)
  • twelveth (archaic)

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English twelfthe, twelfte, from Old English twelfta (twelfth), from Proto-Germanic *twaliftô (twelfth), equivalent to twelve +‎ -th. Cognate with Scots twelft (twelfth), Saterland Frisian tweelfte (twelfth), West Frisian tolfde (twelfth), Dutch twaalfde (twelfth), German Low German twalfde, twalvde (twelfth), German zwölfte (twelfth), Danish tolvte (twelfth), Swedish tolfte (twelfth), Icelandic tólfta (twelfth).

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /twɛlfθ/, [tʰw̥ɛlfθ], [tʰw̥ɛl̪θ], [tʰw̥ɛlʷf], IPA(key): /twəlfθ/, [tʰw̥əlfθ], [tʰw̥əl̪θ], [tʰw̥əlʷf], IPA(key): /twɛlvfθ/, IPA(key): /twɛlvð/, IPA(key): /twɛlf/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛlfθ, -ɛlθ, -ɛlf

AdjectiveEdit

twelfth (not comparable)

  1. The ordinal form of the number twelve, describing a person or thing in position number 12 of a sequence.
    The answer appears on the twelfth page of the book.
    She finished twelfth in the race.

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NounEdit

twelfth (plural twelfths)

  1. One of twelve equal parts of a whole.
    A twelfth of 240 is 20.
    Five twelfths of the population voted in support of the proposal.
  2. (music) An interval equal to an octave plus a fifth

SynonymsEdit

  • (one of twelve equal parts): dozenth

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