Definition of third noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//θɜːd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//θɜːrd//
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  1. 1  each of three equal parts of something Language BankproportionDescribing fractions and proportions According to this pie chart, a third of students’ leisure time is spent watching TV. One in five hours is/​are spent socializing. Socializing accounts for/makes up/comprises about 20% of leisure time. Students spend twice as much time playing computer games as doing sport. Three times as many hours are spent playing computer games as reading. The figure for playing computer games is three times higher than the figure for reading. The largest proportion of time is spent playing computer games.
  2. 2third (in something) a level of university degree at British universities, that is lower than average compare first, second1 See related entries: Exams and degrees
  3. Word OriginOld English thridda, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch derde and German dritte, also to three. The spelling thrid was dominant until the 16th cent. (but thirdda is recorded in Northumbrian dialect as early as the 10th cent.).Extra examples He divided the money into thirds. Most of the pupils’ marks were in the upper third of the range. Over a third of people questioned said they would consider cosmetic surgery. Over a third of sales were made over the Internet. The discount is a third to a half of the full price. the last third of the novel
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