Meaning of “three” in the English Dictionary

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"three" in British English

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uk /θriː/ us /θriː/

A1 the number 3:

I've got three sisters.
School finishes at three (o'clock).

More examples

  • The painting depicts the three wise men kneeling in adoration of the baby Jesus.
  • She works three afternoons a week at the library.
  • Due to roadworks, three lanes of traffic have to converge into two.
  • All living creatures are thought to descend from an organism that came into being three billion years ago.
  • The number 345 contains three digits.


(Definition of “three” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"three" in American English

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us /θri/


Ann-Marie has three children.
a three-bedroom house

Three can also mean three o’clock.

(Definition of “three” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)