three


three
/three/, 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. a playing card, die face, or half of a domino face with three pips.
adj.
5. amounting to three in number.
6. three sheets in the wind. See sheet2 (def. 2).
[bef. 900; ME; OE threo, thrio, fem. and neut. of thri(e); c. D drie, G drei, ON thrir, Goth threis, Gk treîs, L tres three, ter thrice, Ir trí, OCS tri, Skt tri, tráyas]

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(as used in expressions)
Three Emperors' League
Three Henrys War of the

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