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  1. (in prescriptions) three times.

Origin of ter

From Latin


  1. a combining form meaning “thrice,” used in the formation of compound words: tercentennial.

Origin of ter-

< Latin, combining form of ter; akin to trēs three


  1. (in prescriptions) rub.

Origin of ter.1

From the Latin word tere


  1. terrace.
  2. territorial.
  3. territory.
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Examples from the Web for ter

Historical Examples

  • Ye'r wouldn't hear me the las' time but yer got ter hear me now.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • Will ye be willin' ter tyke the service at the cimitery, sir?

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • Turn to the left when ye get ter the bottom, Father—mind ye turn ter the left.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • Ter'ble ould-fashioned, these chains—must be moving with the times, you know.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • A spoonful of cold pinjane, Nancy—it's ter'ble good to soften the neck.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

British Dictionary definitions for ter


combining form
  1. three, third, or three timestercentenary

Word Origin

from Latin ter thrice; related to trēs three
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Word Origin and History for ter


word-forming element meaning "thrice, three times," from Latin ter "thrice," from *tris-, from root of three. Cf. Latin tertius "third."

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