third

1 of 2

adjective

1
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
2
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 adverb
or thirdly

third

2 of 2

noun

1
a
: one that is number three in a series see Table of Numbers
b
: one that is next after second in rank, position, authority, or precedence
the third in line
2
: one of three equal parts of something
a third of the pie
3
4
: the third forward gear or speed especially of a motor vehicle
5
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
6
thirds plural : merchandise whose quality falls below the manufacturer's standard for seconds

Examples of third in a Sentence

Adjective We sat in the third row. the third house on the left C is the third letter in the alphabet. That's the third time I've seen him today. The office is on the third floor. Do you have a third choice? a third share in the profits a third pound of cheese Noun The win was his third of the year. a third of the pie Rent costs two-thirds of my paycheck. She divided the cookie into thirds.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Holly Johnston designed the sanctuary garden inspired by Penelope Featherington, whose love story provides the centerpiece of the show's third season, which premiered its first drop of episodes on May 16. Stephanie Petit, Peoplemag, 21 May 2024 That experience, plus Colson’s sideline-to-sideline play-making and overall on-field command, have boosted his projections since the Chargers drafted him in the third round last month. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, 21 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for third 

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

Middle English thridde, thirde, from Old English thridda, thirdda; akin to Latin tertius third, Greek tritos, treis three — more at three

First Known Use

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of third was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Third.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/third. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

third

1 of 2 adjective
1
a
: being number three in a series see number
b
: being next after the second in time, order, or importance
the third taxi in line
2
: being one of three equal parts of something
a third share of the money
third adverb
thirdly adverb

third

2 of 2 noun
1
a
: one that is number three in a series see number
b
: one next after a second in time, order, or importance
the third in line
2
: one of three equal parts of something
a third of the pie
3
: the difference in pitch between the first tone and the third tone of a scale
4
: the third forward gear or speed of a motor vehicle
5

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