# Twelve vs Three - What's the difference?

twelve | three |

## As numerals the difference between twelve and three

is that twelve is the cardinal number occurring after eleven and before thirteen, represented in arabic numerals as 12 and in roman numerals as xii while three is (cardinal) a numerical value after two and before four represented in arabic digits as ; this many dots (•••).

## As nouns the difference between twelve and three

is that twelve is a group of twelve items while three is the digit/figure 3.

# twelve

## English

(wikipedia twelve)

### Alternative forms

* Arabic numerals: * Roman numerals: XII

### Numeral

• The cardinal number occurring after eleven and before thirteen, represented in Arabic numerals as 12 and in Roman numerals as XII.
• There are twelve months in a year.

* Last: eleven. Next: thirteen

### Noun

(en noun)
• A group of twelve items.
• Fractions would be a little easier if we counted by twelves .
• A twelve-bore gun.
• * 1982 , (Lawrence Durrell), Constance'', Faber & Faber 2004 (''Avignon Quintet ), p. 880:
• In this way Von Esslin ‘inherited’ two fine hammerless twelves which he used once or twice for duck on the Camargue.
• (legal) (colloquial) A jury (normally composed of twelve persons).

* dozen

### Statistics

* English cardinal numbers

# three

## English

(wikipedia three)

### Alternative forms

* (all obsolete)

### Numeral

• (cardinal) A numerical value after two and before four. Represented in Arabic digits as ; This many dots (•••).
• *
• Venters began to count them—one—two—three —four—on up to sixteen.
• (of a set or group) Having three elements.
• #### Synonyms

* (numerical value) leash, tether (dialectal)

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### Noun

(en noun)
• 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.
• #### Derived terms

* threefold * threepence * threesome * thruppence * three-up