how to pronounce twelve


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the above transcription of twelve is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

twelve is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of twelve in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… just like he was twelve years ago mr …”

meanings of twelve


  1. Police; law enforcement, especially a narcotics officer.
  2. A jury (normally composed of twelve persons).
  3. A twelve-bore gun.
  4. A group of twelve items.


  1. The cardinal number occurring after eleven and before thirteen, represented in Arabic numerals as 12 and in Roman numerals as XII.
  2. Law enforcement; the police.

twelve frequency in english - B1 level of CEFR

the word twelve occurs in english on average 65.8 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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