Meaning of THREE in English

THREE

I. ˈthrē adjective

Etymology: Middle English three, thre, from Old English thrīe (masculine), thrēo (feminine & neuter); akin to Old High German drī (masculine) three, drīo (feminine), driu (neuter), Old Norse thrīr (masculine), thrjār (feminine) thrjū (neuter), Gothic thrija (neuter), Latin tres (masculine & feminine), tria (neuter), Greek treis (masculine & feminine), tria (neuter), Sanskrit tri

: being one more than two in number

three years

— see number table

II. pronoun, plural in construction

Etymology: Middle English three, thre, from three, thre, adjective

: three countable persons or things not specified but under consideration and being enumerated

three are here

three were found

III. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English three, thre, from three, thre, adjective

1. : one more than two

2.

a. : three units or objects

a total of three

b. : a group or set of three

arranged by threes

3.

a. : the numerable quantity symbolized by the arabic numeral 3

b. : the figure 3

4. : three o'clock — compare bell table, time illustration

5. : the third in a set or series: as

a. : a playing card marked to show that it is third in a suit

b. : a domino with three spots on one of its halves

c. : a die with three spots on the side uppermost

d. : an article of clothing of the third size

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