twelve
Pronunciation
  • (British, America) enPR: twĕlv, IPA: /twɛlv/, [tw̥ɛɫv]
Numeral
  1. cln en The cardinal number occurring after eleven and before thirteen, represented in Arabic numerals as 12 and in Roman numerals as XII.
    There are twelve months in a year.
  2. (slang) Law enforcement; the police
Synonyms
  • twelveteen (nonstandard)
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twelve (plural twelves)

  1. A group of twelve items.
    Fractions would be a little easier if we counted by twelves.
  2. A twelve-bore gun.
    • 1982, Lawrence Durrell, Constance, Faber & Faber 2004 (Avignon Quintet), page 880:
      In this way Von Esslin ‘inherited’ two fine hammerless twelves which he used once or twice for duck on the Camargue.
  3. (legal, colloquial) A jury (normally composed of twelve persons).
  4. (slang) police; law enforcement, especially a narcotics officer
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