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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

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web With their big bruiser neutralized, TCU’s offense dried up and the Longhorns began building a lead on a steady stream of threes. Nick Moyle,, "Texas holds on to edge TCU," 29 Jan. 2020 Alfonzo McKinnie provided some firepower off the bench for Cleveland, shooting 6-for-10 from the floor, including a pair of threes in the second half. Joe Noga, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers snap seven-game losing skid with 115-100 win against Detroit Pistons," 28 Jan. 2020 Off the bench, sophomore Jeff Goguen (10 points) made both of his 3-point attempts and junior Victor Metvier added a pair of threes., "After making just one 3-pointer in Friday’s loss to Lawrence in the first round of the Commonwealth Motors Classic, Central Catholic bounced back in a big way from behind the arc on Sunday.," 31 Dec. 2019 Polley hit a pair of threes, and Akok hit one to put the Huskies up 15-6, the fans from Connecticut dominating the Garden sound. Dom Amore,, "Huskies push it to the limit, but fall to Indiana, 57-54, at Madison Square Garden," 11 Dec. 2019 Of the Rockets’ 4,572 field goal attempts this season, 2,192 are threes and 1,903 are at the rim, according to shot charts. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Rockets' Morey takes risk, goes all-in on small ball with trade deadline deal," 5 Feb. 2020 Josh Bay drilled 7 threes and scored 24 points for Oconomowoc, a 66-50 winner over Mukwonago. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "One of the co-leaders of the North Shore Conference falls plus other boys basketball highlights for Feb. 4," 4 Feb. 2020 The Nets attempt the sixth most threes per game but are ranked just 26th in 3-point percentage, while the Bulls are ranked 10th in opponent 3-point percentage. Geoff Clark, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Chicago Bulls at Brooklyn Nets odds, picks and best bets," 31 Jan. 2020 The Warriors were third in threes made while the Nets were fifth, and both teams finished in the top eight in three-point frequency. Michael Shapiro,, "Can D’Angelo Russell Keep the Warriors in Finals Contention?," 2 Oct. 2019

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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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Last Updated

25 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Three.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce three (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of three

: the number 3
: the third in a set or series
: three o'clock


\ ˈthrē How to pronounce three (audio) \

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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