or three-quar·ters

[ three-kwawr-ter ]
/ ˈθriˈkwɔr tər /


consisting of or involving three quarters of a whole or of the usual length: a blouse with a three-quarter sleeve.
(of a portrait) showing the face as seen from in front and somewhat to the side: a three-quarter view.

Nearby words

  1. three-point landing,
  2. three-point line,
  3. three-point play,
  4. three-point turn,
  5. three-pointer,
  6. three-quarter armor,
  7. three-quarter binding,
  8. three-quarter nelson,
  9. three-quarter time,
  10. three-quarter turn stair

Origin of three-quarter

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for three-quarter

British Dictionary definitions for three-quarter



being three quarters of somethinga three-quarter turn
being of three quarters the normal length


  1. any of the four players between the fullback and the halfbacks
  2. this position
  3. (as modifier)three-quarter play
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