Origin of three
Examples from the Web for three
Three on-the-record stories from a family: a mother and her daughters who came from Phoenix.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003|Vicky Ward|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
One of the other cops fired three times and those who were still able to give chase did.
So I was looking back at the years, and that really popped out at me, those three years.Patton Oswalt on Fighting Conservatives With Satire|William O’Connor|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Of the three nominated, Webster did the best, receiving 12 votes, Gohmert and Yoho received three and two votes, respectively.Democrats Accidentally Save Boehner From Republican Coup|Ben Jacobs, Jackie Kucinich|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Twin buglers played “Taps” and three police helicopters flew overhead in the missing-man formation.
The three gentlemen walked gravely on, in pleasant conversation.The Golden Dog|William Kirby
It was no easy matter to do this, for the friars were so heavy that it required three stout men to each to set them on their legs.Charley Laurel|W. H. G. Kingston
And seeing they did not attempt to run away, they made no matter of it, if they stayed two or three days one with the other.
Quickly, yet quietly, the three concealed themselves in a corner of the box car.Secrets of the Andes|James H. Foster
The carriage was stopped; Jane sprang out, and ran back to photograph three little girls in a cottage garden.Mrs. Thompson|William Babington Maxwell
British Dictionary definitions for three
- amounting to threethree ships
- (as pronoun)three were killed
Word Origin for three
Word Origin and History for three
Old English þreo, fem. and neuter (masc. þri, þrie), from Proto-Germanic *thrijiz (cf. Old Frisian thre, Middle Dutch and Dutch drie, Old High German dri, German drei, Old Norse þrir, Danish tre), from PIE *tris- (cf. Sanskrit trayas, Avestan thri, Greek treis, Latin tres, Lithuanian trys, Old Church Slavonic trye, Irisn and Welsh tri "three").
3-D first attested 1952, abbreviation of three-dimensional (1878). Three-piece suit is recorded from 1909. Three cheers for ______ is recorded from 1751. Three-martini lunch is attested from 1972. Three-ring circus first recorded 1898. Three-sixty "complete turnaround" is from 1927, originally among aviators, in reference to the number of degrees in a full circle. Three musketeers translates French les trois mousquetaires, title of an 1844 novel by Alexandre Dumas père.