- 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.
- amounting to three in number.
- three sheets in the wind. sheet2(def 3).
Origin of three
Related Words for threetreble, triple, trilateral, ternary, third, trinitarian, trio, troika, triumvirate, triad, trinity, triplicity, triplet, triplicate, trilogy, trichotomy, trivium, ternion, triangular, pyramidal
Examples from the Web for three
Contemporary Examples of 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
January 7, 2015
One of the other cops fired three times and those who were still able to give chase did.Shot Down During the NYPD Slowdown
January 7, 2015
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
January 6, 2015
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
Twin buglers played “Taps” and three police helicopters flew overhead in the missing-man formation.Funeral Protest Is Too Much for NYPD Union Boss
January 5, 2015
Historical Examples of three
You've been so devoted to her for three days that you've hardly bowed to old friends.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
For three days and three nights, Paralus remained in complete oblivion.
Mina, (plural Minæ)—Four pounds, three shillings, four pence.
Stater—A gold coin; estimated at about twelve shillings, three pence.
Methought anon you saw me go down with three pikes in my breast.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
- 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
- amounting to threethree ships
- (as pronoun)three were killed
Word Origin 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.