Definition of identical twin in English:

identical twin


  • Either of a pair of twins who, as a result of developing from a single fertilized ovum, are alike in all genetic characteristics (including sex) and typically very similar in appearance.

    ‘Julia and Lydia are identical twins’
    • ‘Two sets of identical twins are separated at birth, then unexpectedly encounter each other years later in a foreign city.’
    • ‘Two of the main characters, Gaelle and Sarah, are identical twins; they also share more then just DNA.’
    • ‘Stephen and Timothy, identical twins, were born in Norristown, near Philadelphia, in 1947.’
    • ‘He had an identical twin, Ricky.’
    • ‘It's as though you've just met a good friend's identical twin, and he's posing as your friend.’
    • ‘I'm an identical twin.’
    • ‘A kidney was transplanted from a living donor who was an identical twin of the recipient.’
    • ‘The clever scientists failed to note that identical twins are probably brought up in a very similar fashion and therefore nurture probably plays at least as an important part in partner selection as nature.’
    • ‘New research from Europe and the US suggests that identical twins become less identical as the years go by.’
    • ‘Is it possible to be attracted to someone, without feeling any attraction towards his identical twin?’