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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
three /θri/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a cardinal number, 2 plus 1.
  2. a symbol for this number, as 3 or III.
  3. a set of this many persons or things.

adj. [before a noun] 
  1. amounting to three in number.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
three (thrē),USA pronunciation  n. 
  1. a cardinal number, 2 plus 1.
  2. a symbol for this number, as 3 or III.
  3. a set of this many persons or things.
  4. Gamesa playing card, die face, or half of a domino face with three pips.

adj. 
  1. amounting to three in number.
  2. three sheets in the wind. See  sheet 2 (def. 2).
  • bef. 900; Middle English; Old English thrēo, thrīo, feminine and neuter of thrī(e); cognate with Dutch drie, German drei, Old Norse thrīr, Gothic threis, Greek treîs, Latin trēs three, ter thrice, Irish trí, Old Church Slavonic tri, Sanskrit trī, tráyas

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
three /θriː/ n
  1. the cardinal number that is the sum of two and one and is a prime number
  2. a numeral, 3, III, (iii), representing this number
  3. something representing, represented by, or consisting of three units such as a playing card with three symbols on it
  4. Also called: three o'clock three hours after noon or midnight
determiner
  1. amounting to three
  2. (as pronoun): three were killed
Related adjective(s): ternary, tertiary, treble, triple
Etymology: Old English thrēo; related to Old Norse thrīr, Old High German drī, Latin trēs, Greek treis
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