: three times
often used in combination
: in a threefold manner or degree
: to a high degree

Examples of thrice in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sharif is the preferred candidate of Pakistan’s powerful military, which, despite backing his ouster thrice in the past, recently allowed the 74-year-old back from exile in the U.K., quashed his corruption conviction, and repealed his lifetime ban from politics. TIME, 9 Feb. 2024 Its population is thrice the size of Ukraine’s, and its economy is more than ten times as large. Andriy Zagorodnyuk, Foreign Affairs, 17 Jan. 2024 However, these priorities aren’t necessarily shared by Pakistan’s military overlords, who may be backing Sharif today but have engineered his ouster thrice in the past—once via a coup d’état. Charlie Campbell, TIME, 17 Jan. 2024 Donovan was right behind her with 11, thrice knocking down the deep ball. Sam Cohn, Baltimore Sun, 9 Jan. 2024 In just five days last week, Border Patrol processed nearly 50,000 migrants who entered the U.S. illegally, with daily apprehensions surpassing 10,000 thrice, up from the 6,400 average last month, according to federal data obtained by CBS News. Camilo Montoya-Galvez, CBS News, 24 Dec. 2023 She's thrice taken home golden gramophones for album of the year — first for Fearless in 2010, for 1989 in 2016 and for Folklore in 2021. Zoey Lyttle, Peoplemag, 13 Dec. 2023 Iroh unsuccessfully tries to sneak a taste of the broth out of my thermos approximately thrice. Bon Appétit Contributor, Bon Appétit, 16 Dec. 2023 Allende, thrice defeated in his bid to forge Chile’s democratic path to socialism, was determined to meet Ho Chi Minh. Anna Marie De La Fuente, Variety, 28 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English thrie, thries, from Old English thriga; akin to Old Frisian thria three times, Old English thrīe three

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of thrice was in the 13th century

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“Thrice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thrice. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: three times
: to a high degree

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