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three R's

noun plural

Definition of three R's

  1. 1 :  the fundamentals taught in elementary school; especially :  reading, writing, and arithmetic

  2. 2 :  the fundamental skills in a field of endeavor



Origin of three r's

from the facetiously used phrase reading, 'riting, and 'rithmetic


First Known Use: 1828


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