Meaning of TWO in English

I. ˈtü adjective

Etymology: Middle English twa, two, adjective & pron., from Old English twā (feminine & neuter); akin to Old English twēgen two (masculine), tū (neuter), Old High German zwēne (masculine), zwā, zwō (feminine), zwei (neuter), Old Norse tveir (masculine) tvær (feminine), tvau (neuter), Gothic twai (masculine), twos (feminine), twa (neuter), Latin duo, Greek dyo, Sanskrit dva

: being one more than one in number

two years

— see number table

II. pronoun, plural in construction

Etymology: Middle English twa, two

1. : two countable persons or things not specified but under consideration and being enumerated

two are here

two were found

2. : a small approximate number of indicated things : so — used with a unitary noun and or

fire a shot or two

come in a minute or two

III. noun

( -s )

1. : twice one


a. : two units or objects

a total of two

b. : a group or set of two

arranged by twos


a. : the numerable quantity symbolized by the arabic numeral 2

b. : the figure 2

4. : two o'clock — compare bell table, time illustration

5. : the second in a set or series: as

a. : a playing card marked to show that it is second in a suit

b. : a domino with two spots on one of its halves

c. : a die with two spots on the side uppermost

d. : an article of clothing of the second size

wears a two

6. : a two-dollar bill

7. : something having as an essential feature two units or members ; specifically : an opening bid in contract bridge of two in a suit when treated as a forcing bid and essential to a system of bidding — used chiefly in the phrases forcing two and two demand

two -demand system

- in two

- in two twos

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