|Signal flag for the digit 3|
- (international standards) NATO & ICAO phonetic alphabet code for the digit 3.
- Synonym: terrathree (ITU/IMO)
|← 2||3||4 →|
| Cardinal: three|
Latinate ordinal: tertiary
Adverbial: three times, thrice
Latinate multiplier: triple
Collective: trio, threesome
Multiuse collective: triplet
Greek or Latinate collective: triad
Greek collective prefix: tri-
Latinate collective prefix: tri-
Latinate fractional prefix: trient-
Greek prefix: trito-
Number of musicians: trio, triplet
Number of years: triennium
From Middle English thre, threo, thrie, thri, from Old English þrī, from Proto-West Germanic *þrīʀ, from Proto-Germanic *þrīz, from Proto-Indo-European *tréyes. Doublet of trey.
Cognate with German drei, Albanian tre, Armenian երեք (erekʿ), Latin trēs, Latvian trīs, Lithuanian trỹs, Greek τρεῖς (treῖs), Old Church Slavonic трьѥ (trĭje), and others.
- (Received Pronunciation) enPR: thrē IPA(key): /θɹiː/, [θɾ̪̊iː], [θɾ̪̊ɪi], [θɹ̥ɪi]
- (UK, th-fronting) enPR: frē IPA(key): /fɹiː/
- (Ireland) IPA(key): /θɹiː/, [θɾ̪̊iː], [t̪ɾ̪̊iː]
- (General American) enPR: thrē IPA(key): /θɹiː/, [θɾ̪̊i], [θɹ̥i], [θɹi]
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- Rhymes: -iː
- Homophones: tree (with th-stopping), free (with th-fronting)
- 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 […], New York, N.Y.; London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, →OCLC:
- Venters began to count them—one—two—three—four—on up to sixteen.
- 2003 April 7, Michelle and Robert Lamoreaux, “A Spy is Born Part II”, in Totally Spies!, season 2, episode 1, Teletoon, Marathon Media, spoken by Clover (Jennifer Hale as Samantha “Sam” and Andrea Taylor):
- Okay, on three, we open the door and jump on the rope. One, two…
Wait, wait! Do we go on three? Or do we go on “go”?
Three! Who said anything about “go”?
- 2011 October 18, Paul Dini; Paul Crocker; Sefton Hill, Batman: Arkham City, Rocksteady Studios, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, spoken by Joker thugs:
- Why should she care? One…two…
Do we shoot on three?
Yes on three. Like one, two, three, shoot.
- Describing a set or group with three elements.
cardinal number 3
describing set or group with three components
three (plural threes)
- The digit/figure 3.
- Anything measuring three units, as length.
- Put all the threes in a separate container.
- 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.
- The playing card featuring three pips.
- Three o'clock, either a.m. or p.m.
- 1925 July – 1926 May, A[rthur] Conan Doyle, “(please specify the chapter number)”, in The Land of Mist (eBook no. 0601351h.html), Australia: Project Gutenberg Australia, published April 2019:
- It was a weary time. A carriage clock had been placed on the discoloured wooden mantelpiece, and slowly its hands crept on from one to two and from two to three.
- (basketball) Abbreviation of three-pointer.
person who is three years old
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Symbols of number three in various numeral systems
- Amharic numerals: ፫
- Arabic numerals: 3
- Assyro-Babylonian numerals: 𒁹𒁹𒁹
- Bengali numerals: ৩
- Chinese numerals: 叄, 三
- Eastern Arabic numerals: ٣
- Gujarati numerals: ૩
- Gurmukhi numerals: ੩
- Hindi numerals: ३
- Kannada numerals: ೩
- Khmer numerals: ៣
- Lao numerals: ໓
- Limbu numerals: ᥉
- Malayalam numerals: ൩
- Mongolian numerals: ᠓
- Myanmar numerals: ၃
- Oriya numerals: ୩
- Persian numerals: ۳
- Roman numerals: III
- Tamil numerals: ௩
- Telugu numerals: ౩
- Thai numerals: ๓
- Tibetan numerals: ༣
- Alternative spelling of tree.
From Middle English thre, from Old English þriē, þrī, þreō, from Proto-West Germanic *þrīʀ, from Proto-Germanic *þrīz, from Proto-Indo-European *tréyes.