Definition of twain in English:

twain

cardinal number

  • ‘he split the spar in twain’
    archaic term for two

Phrases

  • never the twain shall meet

    • Used to suggest that two things are too different to exist alongside each other:

      ‘families were either ‘church’ or ‘chapel’ and never the twain shall meet’
      • ‘If I learned anything from Star Trek it's this: logic is logic and emotion is emotion and never the twain shall meet.’
      • ‘Each will look after their own, and never the twain shall meet.’
      • ‘You have your life, they have theirs and never the twain shall meet.’
      • ‘Work is work and play is play and never the twain shall meet.’
      • ‘This doesn't mean, however, that never the twain shall meet.’
      • ‘The band members sat in the Third Class carriage while the brethren of the Loyal Orange Lodge adorned the First Class carriage; never the twain shall meet.’
      • ‘It was Rudyard Kipling who said, ‘east is east, west is west, and never the twain shall meet.’’
      • ‘You are old enough to know that she did it her way, you're doing it your way, and never the twain shall meet.’
      • ‘Women are women, and men are men, and never the twain shall meet.’
      • ‘Database systems and operating systems just developed in two very separate worlds and never the twain shall meet.’

Origin

Old English twegen, masculine of twā (see two).

Pronunciation

twain

/tweɪn/