\ ˈthrē \

Definition of three 

1 : a number that is one more than 2 — see Table of Numbers

2 : the third in a set or series the three of hearts

3a : something having three units or members

b : three-pointer

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Other words from three

three adjective
three pronoun, plural in construction

Examples of three in a Sentence

“What time is it?” “It's three.” I leave each day at three.

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James hit two late threes to ice the win, and ESPN announcer Mike Breen was blown away. Nick Schwartz, For The Win, "LeBron James' son asked his dad a very good question after Game 6," 26 May 2018 Junior guard Julia Hintz set the tone, hitting two deep threes during the first 3½ minutes. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Girl basketball: Eisenhower sets a three-point record stays tough to beat Monroe in D2," 9 Mar. 2018 Geneva hit eight threes to open the game and led 51-20 at halftime. Rich Mayor, Aurora Beacon-News, "Midseason lull a distant memory for defending state champ Geneva," 14 Feb. 2018 Davon Reed led the way with 18 points on seven-of-eight shooting including four threes. azcentral, "Phoenix Suns NBA Summer League updates: Deandre Ayton, Josh Jackson headline roster," 6 July 2018 With a ballhandling and shooting Bam, how many threes will Bam attempt and make? -- Skip, Tampa. Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: Could it be (with patience) that the Heat's glass is half full?," 24 June 2018 Last year, Lakers center Brook Lopez, a pending free agent, attempted 4.4 threes per game. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Why Moritz Wagner is a good fit for the Los Angeles Lakers," 22 June 2018 The Rockets, owners of the NBA's most efficient offense this season, launched 3,046 more threes than the 1990-91 Chicago Bulls, Michael Jordan's first championship team that also led the NBA in offensive efficiency. Dan Woike,, "Is this bad basketball, or are we seeing something else in conference finals?," 22 May 2018 In his first three years, Demery made 24 total threes, and no more than 10 in a single season. Chapel Fowler, charlotteobserver, "Here's what this former Charlotte prep star did to get noticed at his Hornets workout," 2 June 2018

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First Known Use of three

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

History and Etymology for three

Middle English, from three, adjective, from Old English thrīe (masculine), thrēo (feminine & neuter); akin to Old High German drī three, Latin tres, Greek treis

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The first known use of three was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of three

: the number 3

: the third in a set or series

: three o'clock


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Kids Definition of three

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: being one more than two



Kids Definition of three (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : one more than two : 3

2 : the third in a set or series

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