three

noun

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

“What time is it?” “It's three.” I leave each day at three.
Recent Examples on the Web As perspective, Adebayo connected on 9 for 76 on threes in his first 472 regular-season games before this eight-game stretch. Barry Jackson, Miami Herald, 30 Mar. 2024 On the first day in full pads, Brown worked with the first team, with returning split-starter from 2023 Trexler Ivey with the second team, and true freshman DeShawn Purdie working with the threes. Hunter Bailey, Charlotte Observer, 26 Mar. 2024 The rounded shapes in the compositions usually stand alone but occasionally appear in threes. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2024 His sixth three-pointer tied him with Nick Van Exel for the Lakers’ single-season record of 183 threes. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2024 Since the trade deadline, the rookie wing is averaging 7.6 points per game and has made half of his threes while playing excellent defense. Tony East, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 Delaware shot a season-high 57.9% behind the 3-point line, and its 11 threes in 19 attempts tied a season best. Edward Lee, Baltimore Sun, 8 Feb. 2024 The Heat also wasted another strong performance from Robinson, who scored 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field and 5-of-8 shooting on threes. Anthony Chiang, Miami Herald, 8 Mar. 2024 The Chancellors had a three-point lead in the final seconds, missed two free throws, threw the ball away out of bounds and gave up consecutive threes in less than three seconds to lose to LACES. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 3 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Three.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/three. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

three

noun
1
: a number that is one more than 2 see number
2
: the third in a set or series
the three of hearts
3
a
: something having three units or members
three adjective or pronoun

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