three times, as in succession; on three occasions or in three ways.
in threefold quantity or degree.
very; extremely.

Origin of thrice

1150–1200; Middle English thries, equivalent to obsolete thrie thrice (Old English thrīga) + -s -s1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for thrice

Contemporary Examples of thrice

Historical Examples of thrice

  • Happy, thrice happy, those who can foot it merrily all the way!

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • It was, however, so spent and weak, that it fell down twice or thrice in its way.

  • The Israelite kissed it thrice with oriental veneration, and replaced it in his breast.

    Leila, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • I showed him my clause, and we went over it together twice or thrice.

  • Thrice had she come, once comic and once tragic and once heroic.

    Alarms and Discursions

    G. K. Chesterton

British Dictionary definitions for thrice



three times
in threefold degree
archaic greatly

Word Origin for thrice

Old English thrīwa, thrīga; see three
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Word Origin and History for thrice

c.1200, from Old English þriga, þriwa "thrice" (from þrie "three;" see three) + adverbial genitive -es, changed to -ce c.1600 to reflect voiceless pronunciation.

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