three-point·​er ˈthrē-ˈpȯin-tər How to pronounce three-pointer (audio)
: a basketball shot or field goal from beyond the three-point line

Examples of three-pointer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But with the help of this recent stretch, Adebayo has already set career highs in three-pointers made (10) and three-pointers attempted (30) in a season. Anthony Chiang, Miami Herald, 2 Apr. 2024 James made a three-pointer and then another, two of his nine threes in the game, calmly jogging back like a player who knew danger had been avoided. Iliana Limón Romero, Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2024 In one game, bettors picked the under on Porter’s three-pointers and were huge moneymakers. Harry Enten, CNN, 29 Mar. 2024 On Saturday, Bacot helped assuage his own fans’ nerves, after hitting five three-pointers and finishing with 17 points and seven rebounds in the 85-69 win over the No. 9 Spartans. Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 28 Mar. 2024 The Golden Hurricane opened the second quarter on a 12-2 run, highlighted by back-to-back three-pointers by Delanie Crawford and Poindexter, and the lead grew to 34-9. Ethan Westerman,, 22 Mar. 2024 Down by just six points at halftime, the Beach (21-15) were on the wrong side of a 17-2 run full of easy baskets and three-pointers to open the second half. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 21 Mar. 2024 The 22-year-old has become the NCAA Division-I leading scorer across both men’s and women’s college basketball this year, and eclipsed NBA star Steph Curry’s record of the most three-pointers hit in a single NCAA Division-1 season. Jacob Lev, CNN, 17 Mar. 2024 Noah Freidel picked up where Brown left off, making two three-pointers and scoring all 12 of his points in the second half. Mike Harley,, 12 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1962, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of three-pointer was in 1962

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“Three-pointer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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: a basketball shot or field goal from beyond the three-point line
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