trey

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PIE word
*tréyes

From Middle English treye, from Anglo-Norman trei or treis, from Old French treis (three). Doublet of three.

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trey (plural treys)

  1. (card games, occasionally dice games) A playing card or die with the rank of three.
    • 1674, Charles Cotton, The Compleat Gamester, London: R. Cutler, Chapter 6, p. 81,[1]
      Before you begin the Game at Picket, you must throw out of the Pack the Deuces, Treys, Fours and Fives, and play with the rest of the Cards, which are in number thirty and six.
    • 1929, Dashiell Hammett, Red Harvest, Chapter 11,[2]
      He had been a pretty good guy, straight as ace-deuce-trey-four-five, till he got on the force.
    • 1982, Stephen King, The Man Who Would Not Shake Hands
      Davidson had caught a trey which did not seem to improve his hand, yet he threw three dollars into the pot.
  2. (card games, dice games, dominoes) A score of three in cards, dice, or dominoes.
  3. (US, Canada, basketball, informal) A three-pointer.
  4. (informal) The third bearer of the same personal name in a family, often denoted by suffixed Roman numeral III.
  5. The third branch of a deer's antler.

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