[three-skawr, -skohr]


being or containing three times twenty; sixty.

Origin of threescore

First recorded in 1350–1400, threescore is from the Middle English word thre scoor. See three, score Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for threescore

Historical Examples of threescore

  • Now I am more than threescore years and ten, and the rest of my days are numbered.

  • One fancied that at twenty he must have looked very much like what he was now at threescore.

    Lord Jim

    Joseph Conrad

  • The actual anniversary that marked her threescore had had nothing to do with it.


    Edna Ferber

  • He himself lived a little beyond his threescore and ten years.

    Over the Teacups

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

  • At forty, at sixty, at threescore and ten, let not an old penitent despair.

British Dictionary definitions for threescore



an archaic word for sixty
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