• (RP) enPR: thrē IPA: /θɹiː/, [θɾ̪̊iː], [θɾ̪̊ɪi]
  • (British, th-fronting) enPR: frē IPA: /fɹiː/
  • (Ireland) IPA: /θɹiː/, [θɾ̪̊iː], [t̪ɾ̪̊iː]
  • (GA) enPR: thrē IPA: /θɹiː/, [θɾ̪̊i]
  1. cln en A numerical value after two and before four. Represented in Arabic digits as 3; this many dots (•••).
    • 1912 January, Zane Grey, chapter 8, in Riders of the Purple Sage: A Novel, New York, N.Y.; London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, OCLC 6868219 ↗:
      Venters began to count them—one—two—three—four—on up to sixteen.
  2. Describing a set or group with three elements.
Synonyms Related terms Translations Translations
  • French: trio
  • Russian: тро́йка
  • Spanish: trío

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.
  5. (basketball) Abbreviation of three-pointer#English|three-pointer.

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