\ ˈthrē How to pronounce three (audio) \

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.

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The Oregon senior completed his first half marathon in May 2018 and finished the 13.1-mile course in two hours and threes minutes. Michael Shapiro,, "Runner With Cerebral Palsy Justin Gallegos to Run 2019 Chicago Marathon," 11 July 2019 Fred VanVleet rescued the Raptors down the stretch with his dazzling shooting from deep to score 22 points with five threes off the bench, while Leonard wound up with 22 points. Janie Mccauley,, "Raptors celebrated Canada’s first NBA title after beating injured Warriors," 14 June 2019 Thompson broke Curry’s NBA-record 13 3-pointers in a game with 14 threes against the Chicago Bulls on On October 29, 2018. Jane Tyska, The Mercury News, "Photos: A look at Klay Thompson’s rookie year as Golden State Warriors prepare for tonight’s NBA draft," 20 June 2019 Your 6-8 player had better be able to shoot threes. Ira Winderman,, "NBA draft preview: Is four-play still an issue for Heat?," 17 June 2019 Davis shot over 33 percent from three-point range and was 39 for 106 (37 percent) on wide-open threes last season. Neil Greenberg, The Denver Post, "After adding Anthony Davis, the Lakers are NBA title favorites. They shouldn’t be.," 17 June 2019 Davis shot over 33 percent from three-point range and was 39 for 106 (37 percent) on wide-open threes last season., "Lakers favored to win NBA title with Anthony Davis? Not so fast ...," 17 June 2019 Ranked 13th in the Pac-12 in both three-point percentage (38.6) and threes made per game (1.9). ... Sean Meagher | The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Oregon’s Louis King highlights Portland Trail Blazers’ final predraft workout," 16 June 2019 Older women in twos and threes strolled along, pulling through the racks, pausing here and there to tug at a waistband, check a price, buy a pair. Neil Shea, National Geographic, "Tokyo became a megacity by reinventing itself," 12 June 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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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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