three R's

plural noun

Definition of three R's

1 : the fundamentals taught in elementary school especially : reading, writing, and arithmetic
2 : the fundamental skills in a field of endeavor

First Known Use of three R's

1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for three R's

from the facetiously used phrase reading, 'riting, and 'rithmetic

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“Three R's.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/three%20R%27s. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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