\ 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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No one will forget watching Thompson and Curry launch and make threes with such ease. Cameron Fields, Warriors Wire, "Will Klay Thompson's legacy forever be tied to Steph Curry's?," 18 Aug. 2019 Timothy Su of Boston went out in eight place just five hands later when tournament leader Hossein Ensan turned his ace-jack into a full house, besting Su’s pair of threes. Todd Stewart,, "World Series of Poker main event: Florida pro finishes 6th, winning $1.85 million," 15 July 2019 To watch the Warriors launch 31.6 threes per game was extraordinary. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "The End of the Golden State Warriors’ Era of Invincibility," 14 June 2019 Herro stretched defenses with his step-back threes, pushed the pace in transition, and effectively used screens to step into midrange jumpers. Ben Golliver, The Denver Post, "Zion Williamson hardly played, but these rookies stood out at NBA Summer League," 15 July 2019 Those who go back and look at his tape will find a versatile 6’8 prospect who was an engaged defender and hit nearly 40 percent of his threes. Connor Letourneau,, "NBA draft: What mock drafts have Warriors doing at 28 and 58," 20 June 2019 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

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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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