n. & adj. --n. 1 the position in a sequence corresponding to the number 12 in the sequence 1-12. 2 something occupying this position. 3 each of twelve equal parts of a thing. 4 Mus. a an interval or chord spanning an octave and a fifth in the diatonic scale. b a note separated from another by this interval. --adj. that is the twelfth. Phrases and idioms: Twelfth Day 6 Jan., the twelfth day after Christmas, the festival of the Epiphany. twelfth man a reserve member of a cricket team. Twelfth Night the evening of 5 Jan., the eve of the Epiphany. twelfth part = sense 3 of n. Derivatives: twelfthly adv. Etymology: OE twelfta (as TWELVE)
Twelfth Twelfth, a. [For twelft, OE. twelfte, AS. twelfta. See Twelve.] 1. Next in order after the eleventh; coming after eleven others; -- the ordinal of twelve. 2. Consisting, or being one of, twelve equal parts into which anything is divided.
Twelfth Twelfth, n. 1. The quotient of a unit divided by twelve; one of twelve equal parts of one whole. 2. The next in order after the eleventh. 3. (Mus.) An interval comprising an octave and a fifth.
(twelfths)Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English. 1. The twelfth item in a series is the one that you count as number twelve. ...the twelfth anniversary of the April revolution....a twelfth-century church.ORD 2. A twelfth is one of twelve equal parts of something. She is entitled to a twelfth of the cash.FRACTION