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since 1880
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Three
One more than two; two and one.

Note: Three is often joined with other words, forming compounds signifying divided into composed of, or containing three parts portions organs, or the like; as, three-branched, three-capsuled, three-celled, three-cleft, three-edged, three-foot, three-footed, three-forked, three-grained, three-headed, three-legged, three-mouthed, three-nooked, three-petaled, three-pronged, three-ribbed, three-seeded, three-stringed, three-toed, and the like.

Etymology: OE. þre þreo þri, AS. þrī, masc., þreó, fem. and neut.; akin to OFries. thre, OS. thria threa, D. drie, G. drei, OHG. drī, Icel. þrīr, Dan. & Sw. tre, Goth. þreis, Lith. trys, Ir., Gael. & W. tri, Russ. tri, L. tres, Gr. trei^s, Skr. tri. √301. Cf. 3d Drilling Tern (a.) Third Thirteen Thirty Tierce Trey Tri- Triad Trinity Tripod

noun Three
  1. The number greater by a unit than two; three units or objects.
  2. A symbol representing three units, as 3 or iii.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. One of four playing cards in a deck having three pips
  2. The cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and one
  3. Being one more than two

From Middle English thre, threo, thrie, thri, from Old English þreō, þriē, þrī, from Proto-Germanic *þrīz, from Proto-Indo-European *tréyes.

  1. The digit/figure 3.
  2. Anything measuring three units, as length.
    Put all the in a separate container.
  3. A person who is three years old.
    All the 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.

three was also found in the following language(s): Manx

Notable Persons Named Three

They hold the title Holy Martyrs. They passed away on September 11th, 1795.


They hold the title Priests; Martyrs. Three was born on September 23rd, 1960. They breathed their last breath on August 9th, 1991.


Three Fingered Jack was a cowboy, train robbery, and train robber. Three was given the name Jack Dunlop in 1872 in Texas. Three is also known as John Dunlop, Jess Dunlop, and John Patterson. He left this life on February 24th, 1900.


Three Guys from Miami is a writer.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Three

Demons Three is a comics character.


Fun Facts about the name Three

  • When was the first name Three first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Three is Saturday, June 1st, 1907.
  • How unique is the name Three? From 1880 to 2016 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Three. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Three: Your name in reverse order is Eerht. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give There. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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