drei

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German[edit]

German cardinal numbers
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    Cardinal : drei
    Ordinal : dritte

Etymology[edit]

From Old High German drī, from Proto-Germanic *þrīz, from Proto-Germanic *þrīz, from Proto-Indo-European *tréyes. Compare Dutch drie, English three, Danish tre.

Alternative forms[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Numeral[edit]

drei

  1. three

Declension[edit]

  • Nominative and accusative are always uninflected, or dreie when used substantivally (e.g. um dreie, short for um drei Uhr).
  • The genitive case takes the form dreier if no article or pronoun is preceding: Vater dreier Kinder – “a father of three children”. But: der Vater der drei Kinder – “the father of the three children”. The form dreier is somewhat elevated; even in formal writing it is sometimes more natural to avoid it (Vater von drei Kindern).

Derived terms[edit]

  • dreiarmig, dreibeinig, dreiblättrig, Dreieck (dreieckig), dreierlei, Dreiertakt, dreifaltig (Dreifaltigkeit), dreifarbig, dreifüßig, Dreiheit, dreijährig, Dreimaster, dreimastig, dreimotorig, dreiprozentig, Dreirad, dreiseitig, dreisilbig, dreistellig, Dreisternehotel, dreistufig, dreitägig, dreiteilig, dreiwöchig, dreiwöchentlich, Verdreifachung

Coordinate terms[edit]

External links[edit]

  • drei in Duden online

German Low German[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • (in some dialects) dree

Etymology[edit]

Compare Old Saxon thrīe, from Proto-Germanic *þrīz, from Proto-Indo-European *tréyes. Ultimately cognate to German drei, Dutch drie, English three.

Numeral[edit]

drei

  1. (Low Prussian) three (3)

See also[edit]

  • Plautdietsch: dree

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Verb[edit]

drei

  1. imperative of dreie