1 of 2

noun (1)

: a sequence of three playing cards of the same suit
obsolete : third sense 1


2 of 2

noun (2)

less common variant of terce

: the third of the canonical hours

Word History


Noun (1)

Middle English terce, tierce, from Anglo-French, from feminine of terz, adjective, third, from Latin tertius — more at third entry 1

First Known Use

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of tierce was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near tierce

Cite this Entry

“Tierce.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tierce. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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