1) A contraction of ‘two winter’, used of animals such as sheep and cattle which were two winters old.

1362 ‘5 bullocks called Tuynters’, Mitton

1446-58 xvj Twynters et sterkes, Fountains Abbey

1541 my twynters, that is to say, ij quyes and ij stottes, Otley. It was applied adjectivally in compounds: 1442 septem animalia vocata twynternawt, Rylstone

1545 Item 11 twenter neytte, Ł4 8s, Muker

1619 twinter stages, twinter beastes.

spellings trinter
dates 1362 1442 1446-1458 1541 1545 1619

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