1. Each of the two; one and the other; referring to two individuals or items.
    Both children are such dolls.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Genesis 21:27 ↗:
      Abraham took sheep and oxen, and gave them unto Abimelech; and both of them made a covenant.
    • He will not bear the loss of his rank, because he can bear the loss of his estate; but he will bear both, because he is prepared for both.
  1. Each of the two, or of the two kinds.
    "Did you want this one or that one?" — "Give me both."

  1. Including both of (used with and).
    Both you and I are students.
    • 1977, Agatha Christie, chapter 4, in An Autobiography, part II, London: Collins, →ISBN:
      Mind you, clothes were clothes in those days. There was a great deal of them, lavish both in material and in workmanship.
  2. (obsolete) Including all of (used with and).
    • Both mongrel, puppy, whelp, and hound.
    • He prayeth well who loveth well both man and bird and beast.
    • 1892, Richard Congreve, Essays Political, Social, and Religious (volume 2, page 615)
      […] as he appreciates its beauty and its rich gifts, as he regards it with venerant love, fed by both his intellectual powers, his contemplation, and his meditation.
  • German: sowohl ... als auch
  • Italian: sia... che...
  • Portuguese: ambos ... e ..., tanto ... quanto ...
  • Russian: и... и...
  • Spanish: tanto... como...

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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