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Central FranconianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old High German drī.

PronunciationEdit

NumeralEdit

drei

  1. (most dialects) three

GermanEdit

German cardinal numbers
 <  2 3 4  > 
    Cardinal : drei
    Ordinal : dritte

Alternative formsEdit

  • drey (obsolete)
  • Drei (when used substantively)

EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /dʁaɪ̯/, [dʁaɪ̯]
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aɪ̯

NumeralEdit

drei

  1. three (numerical value represented by the Arabic numeral 3; or describing a set with three elements)
    • 1845, Carl von Holtei, Theater. In einem Bande, Breslau, page 370:
      Wenn also diese Küsse zu dem letzten
      Gerechnet werden, ist die Summe drei,
      Wie aller guten Dinge dreie sind.

DeclensionEdit

  • Nominative and accusative are nowadays always uninflected. The substantival form dreie is nowadays dialectal.
  • 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).
  • The dative case is often uninflected in adjectival use: Ich sprach mit drei Zeugen. – “I spoke with three witnesses.” When used as a noun, it may take the form dreien: Ich sprach mit dreien.literally, “I spoke with three.” This rule is usually observed in formal standard German; but when a specification in the genitive case (or with von) is following, the bare form is common: Ich sprach mit drei der Zeugen. – “I spoke with three of the witnesses.” In colloquial German, dreien is never obligatory.

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Further readingEdit

  • drei in Duden online
  • drei” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache

German Low GermanEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • dree (some dialects)

EtymologyEdit

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

NumeralEdit

drei

  1. (Low Prussian, Münsterländisch) three (3)

See alsoEdit


HunsrikEdit

Hunsrik cardinal numbers
 <  2 3 4  > 
    Cardinal : drei
    Ordinal : dritt

EtymologyEdit

From Old High German drī, from Proto-Germanic *þrīz, from Proto-Indo-European *tréyes.

PronunciationEdit

NumeralEdit

drei

  1. three
    Meer hon drei Kinner.
    We have three children.

Further readingEdit


Middle EnglishEdit

AdjectiveEdit

drei

  1. Alternative form of drye

Norwegian BokmålEdit

VerbEdit

drei

  1. imperative of dreie

Pennsylvania GermanEdit

Pennsylvania German cardinal numbers
 <  2 3 4  > 
    Cardinal : drei
    Ordinal : dritt

EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

NumeralEdit

drei

  1. three

Sranan TongoEdit

EtymologyEdit

From English dry.

AdjectiveEdit

drei

  1. dry