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[thrahys] /θraɪs/
three times, as in succession; on three occasions or in three ways.
in threefold quantity or degree.
very; extremely.
Origin of thrice
1150-1200; Middle English thries, equivalent to obsolete thrie thrice (Old English thrīga) + -s -s1 Unabridged
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  • Happy, thrice happy, those who can foot it merrily all the way!

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • It was, however, so spent and weak, that it fell down twice or thrice in its way.

    Joseph Andrews, Vol. 2 Henry Fielding
  • The Israelite kissed it thrice with oriental veneration, and replaced it in his breast.

    Leila, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • I showed him my clause, and we went over it together twice or thrice.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • thrice had she come, once comic and once tragic and once heroic.

    Alarms and Discursions G. K. Chesterton
  • He came but thrice, when my child was born he sent me a flower.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
  • And what will be the happy, happy, thrice happy consequence?

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
British Dictionary definitions for thrice


three times
in threefold degree
(archaic) greatly
Word Origin
Old English thrīwa, thrīga; see three
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Word Origin and History for thrice

c.1200, from Old English þriga, þriwa "thrice" (from þrie "three;" see three) + adverbial genitive -es, changed to -ce c.1600 to reflect voiceless pronunciation.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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