Definition of the best of three (or five etc.) in English:

the best of three (or five etc.)


  • Victory achieved by winning the majority of a specified odd number of games.

    • ‘Athletes must compete in a minimum of three races and rankings will be based on the best of three finishes for each athlete’
    • ‘Games can end in a draw when both reach the same point total, and usually Briscola is played to the best of three or five games.’
    • ‘A badminton match is decided by the best of three games.’
    • ‘Each game is the best of three sets with each set being played to 15 aces.’
    • ‘It is usual to play the best of three games, but it is possible to play a just a single game to 30 points.’
    • ‘The Thunderbirds will play host to the best of three game tilt.’
    • ‘The Clan lost the opening game of the best of three set 70-58.’
    • ‘All 12 teams make the play-offs with the bottom eight competing in the best of three preliminary round.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the other series, as expected, is a barnburner as St Adolphe leads La Broquerie two games to one in the best of five affair.’
    • ‘Normally the best of three games is played, so the overall winners are the first team to win two games.’
    • ‘Matches will continue to be the best of five games.’
    • ‘This is said to combine the best of three distinctly different areas, all a delight to divers.’
    • ‘League games will continue to be played up to 21 points over the best of three games for this season, it was decided at York and District Table Tennis Association's annual meeting.’
    • ‘Teams will be two-a-side and played up to 11 points a game over the best of three sets.’
    • ‘But everybody had to do three time trials and it was the best of three.’
    • ‘Matches must be the best of five games to qualify as a pyramid match.’
    • ‘The decision goes to the one who gets the best of three.’
    • ‘Then we shortened the idea to the best of five with the ladder match being the rubber match.’
    • ‘It will be the best of five games and there will be six dartboards in operation.’
    • ‘Unusually, there was just one round rather than the best of three.’