Meaning of “'twas” in the English Dictionary

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"'twas" in British English

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uk /twɒz/ us /twɑːz/ old use

short form of it was:

'Twas the night before Christmas.

(Definition of “'twas” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"’twas" in American English

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us /twʌz, twɑz, twəz/ old use

contraction of it was:

It was a sight that 'twas wonderful to see.

(Definition of “’twas” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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