one and the other; two together:
He met both sisters. Both performances were canceled.
the one as well as the other:
Both of us were going to the party.
alike; equally:
He is both ready and willing.
Contemporary Examples

How to Stop the Bleeding Howard Kurtz November 3, 2010
The Oscars: 21 Fixes for the Show So It’s Less Boring Evan Shapiro February 19, 2012
War of Words Between Israel and UN Continues Betsy Pisik August 9, 2014
Breaking the Silence Over Campus Rapes Emily Shire January 22, 2014
Michelle Obama’s First-Lady Fashion: Subtle and Savvy Robin Givhan September 3, 2012

Historical Examples

The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
Philothea Lydia Maria Child
Henry the Sixth John Blacman
The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
The White Lie William Le Queux


the two; two considered together: both dogs were dirty
(as pronoun): both are to blame

(coordinating) used preceding words, phrases, or clauses joined by and, used to emphasize that not just one, but also the other of the joined elements is included: both Ellen and Keith enjoyed the play, both new and exciting
adj., pron.

both barrels, with
both feet on the ground, with


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