adjective \ˈthərd\

: occupying the number three position in a series

: next to the second in importance or rank

: equal in size, value, amount, etc., to one third of something

Full Definition of THIRD

a :  being next after the second in place or time <the third taxi in line>
b :  ranking next after the second of a grade or degree in authority or precedence <served as third mate>
c :  being the forward speed or gear next higher than second especially in a motor vehicle
a :  being one of three equal parts into which something is divisible <a third share of the money>
b :  being the last in each group of three in a series <take out every third card>
third or third·ly adverb

Examples of THIRD

  1. We sat in the third row.
  2. the third house on the left
  3. C is the third letter in the alphabet.
  4. That's the third time I've seen him today.
  5. The office is on the third floor.
  6. Do you have a third choice?
  7. a third share in the profits
  8. a third pound of cheese

Origin of THIRD

Middle English thridde, thirde, from Old English thridda, thirdda; akin to Latin tertius third, Greek tritos, treis three — more at three
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with THIRD



: something that is third : the third thing in a series

: one of three equal parts of something

: the third forward gear or speed of a vehicle

Full Definition of THIRD

:  one of three equal parts of something <a third of the pie>
a — see number table
b :  one that is next after second in rank, position, authority, or precedence <the third in line>
a :  the musical interval embracing three diatonic degrees
b :  a tone at this interval; specifically :  mediant
c :  the harmonic combination of two tones a third apart
plural :  merchandise whose quality falls below the manufacturer's standard for seconds
:  the third forward gear or speed especially of a motor vehicle

Examples of THIRD

  1. The win was his third of the year.
  2. a third of the pie
  3. Rent costs two-thirds of my paycheck.
  4. She divided the cookie into thirds.

First Known Use of THIRD

14th century


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