EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TWELVE
Stater—A gold coin; estimated at about twelve shillings, three pence.
Twelve hours afterward the snow, three feet deep on a level, has melted.
On the 26th we arrived at Salisbury, twelve miles from Adelaide.
They studied the heavens and named the twelve signs of the Zodiak.
The clock struck twelve, and it seemed as if it struck a thousand.
Since that period a population of four millions has multiplied to twelve.
It was ten minutes to twelve when they reached New York City.
You've done nothing, when you know you poured out my last dose at twelve?
When supper was over and the clock had struck twelve, the party separated.
The eldest was about the age of twelve, the youngest about seven.
Old English twelf, literally "two left" (over ten), from Proto-Germanic *twa-lif-, a compound of the root of two + *lif-, root of the verb leave (see eleven). Cf. Old Saxon twelif, Old Norse tolf, Old Frisian twelef, Middle Dutch twalef, Dutch twaalf, Old High German zwelif, German zwölf, Gothic twalif. Outside Germanic, an analogous formation is Lithuanian dvylika, with second element -lika "left over."