three

noun \ ˈthrē \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

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
3 a : something having three units or members

three

adjective

three

pronoun, plural in construction

Examples of three in a Sentence

  1. “What time is it?” “It's three.”

  2. I leave each day at three.

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Origin and Etymology of 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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THREE Defined for English Language Learners

three

noun

Definition of three for English Language Learners

  • : the number 3

  • : the third in a set or series

  • : three o'clock


THREE Defined for Kids

1

three

adjective \ ˈthrē \

Definition of three for Students

: being one more than two

2

three

noun

Definition of three for Students

1 : one more than two : 3
2 : the third in a set or series


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