three

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English cardinal numbers
 <  2 3 4  > 
    Cardinal : three
    Ordinal : third
    Adverbial : thrice
    Multiplier : triple
English Wikipedia article on three

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From Middle English, from Old English þrī, from Proto-Germanic *þrīz, from Proto-Indo-European *tréyes.

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three

  1. (cardinal) A numerical value after two and before four. Represented in Arabic digits as 3; This many dots (•••).
  2. (of a set or group) Having three elements.

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three (plural threes)

  1. The digit/figure 3.
  2. Anything measuring three units, as length.
    Put all the threes in a separate container.
  3. A person who is three years old.
    All the threes will go in Mrs. Smith's class, while I'll take the fours and fives.
  4. The playing card featuring three pips.

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Manx[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish trí, from Proto-Celtic *trīs, from Proto-Indo-European *tréyes.

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three

  1. (cardinal) three