Dutch term – Tweeling

The Dutch word tweeling (literally: two-ling) means twins. Similarly, drieling means triplets, vierling means quadruplets, vijfling means quintuplets, and zesling means sextuplets.

The word tweeling is used for the set of twins. There is no singular Dutch word for a twin. You can say “ik heb een tweelingbroer” [I have a twin brother], “ik heb een tweelingzus” [I have a twin sister] or a parent can say “ik heb een tweeling” [I have twins]. You can also say “Ik ben één van een tweeling” [I am one of twins; a twin].

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Twins at a twin conference. Credits: Harry Pot, collection Nationaal Archief (CC-0)

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