three

[ three ]
/ θri /

noun

a cardinal number, 2 plus 1.
a symbol for this number, as 3 or III.
a set of this many persons or things.
a playing card, die face, or half of a domino face with three pips.

adjective

amounting to three in number.

Idioms

    three sheets in the wind. sheet2(def 3).

Origin of three

before 900; Middle English; Old English thrēo, thrīo, feminine and neuter of thrī(e); cognate with Dutch drie, German drei, Old Norse thrīr, Gothic threis, Greek treîs, Latin trēs three, ter thrice, Irish trí, OCS tri, Sanskrit trī, tráyas
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three

/ (θriː) /

noun

the cardinal number that is the sum of two and one and is a prime numberSee also number (def. 1)
a numeral, 3, III, (iii), representing this number
the amount or quantity that is one greater than two
something representing, represented by, or consisting of three units such as a playing card with three symbols on it
Also called: three o'clock three hours after noon or midnight

determiner

  1. amounting to threethree ships
  2. (as pronoun)three were killed

Related forms

Related adjectives: ternary, tertiary, treble, tripleRelated prefixes: tri-, ter-

Word Origin for three

Old English thrēo; related to Old Norse thrīr, Old High German drī, Latin trēs, Greek treis
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