Definition of three-cornered in English:

three-cornered

adjective

  • 1Triangular.

    • ‘A three-cornered hat was propped up on the bedpost.’
    • ‘A three-cornered hat is also worn on special occasions and ceremonies.’
    • ‘Langley put her hat back on her head - a three-cornered gray thing that had seen too much action.’
    • ‘If you took away all the cars and traffic lights, you wouldn't be entirely surprised to run into someone wearing breeches and a three-cornered hat.’
    • ‘The bourgeois in the middle, extending his three-cornered hat in the direction of the traveler, has twisted his head and shoulders toward his companion.’
    • ‘Georgiana pulled her own over her eyes and nose, and placed a three-cornered hat on her head for good measure.’
    • ‘He's usually the one in three-cornered hat when he does his regular turn in period dramas on TV and the big screen.’
    • ‘In the original historic area, authentic shopfronts tempt visitors inside to buy three-cornered hats and bonnets, quills and ink, block-printed stationery and sealing wax, candles, soaps, hams, jams, brass and pewter.’
    • ‘These almond-filled pastries are shaped like three-cornered hats - thus the name.’
    • ‘They all wore their full-dress diplomatic uniforms with the characteristic three-cornered plumed hats.’
    • ‘A group of well-dressed men and women - the men in three-cornered hats, the women in long dresses - are promenading conspicuously beside the river.’
    • ‘At his fancy-dress party, Armstrong, already huge, augments his volume with tails, a heavy cloak with a triple tippet, and a three-cornered hat.’
    • ‘I wiggled my fingers at him, which I am sure looked absolutely ridiculous coming from a woman wearing breeches, boots, a shirt, hair braided back, and a three-cornered hat.’
    1. 1.1 (especially of a contest) between three people or groups.
      • ‘The historic three-cornered contest took place in an atmosphere charged with tension and excitement, both in and out of the Congress hall.’
      • ‘As a result, a three-cornered contest ensued with the former ruling party, the internal opposition and the RPF jockeying for position in a ‘broad-based transitional government’.’
      • ‘As a result, Italy had rarely been free from foreign domination and the three-cornered contests between Spain, France, and Austria had left deep imprints on every aspect of its history.’
      • ‘I think accepting the short-term pain of a few three-cornered contests is a lesser evil than the present situation.’
      • ‘If the two spouses do not agree there arises a three-cornered conflict to determine which one of them will be widowed.’
      • ‘It is time to employ this legacy in the polarised republican debate to overturn the presumptions that have created a three-cornered contest between monarchists, minimalist republicans and direct-election advocates.’
      • ‘In a tight, three-cornered, contest, they could yet sneak through to leave the other bids floundering.’
      • ‘He only got 24 percent of the vote in 2000 and his performance in a similar three-cornered rematch would almost certainly be worse.’
      • ‘In April, the Liberal and National parties reached an agreement to end three-cornered contests, but the Liberal Party executive will decide whether to run candidates in the seats of Clarence and Tweed at a meeting on June 21.’
      • ‘But from the late 1950s to the mid 1970s UK manufacturing was smashed in a three-cornered war of attrition between incompetent management, militant trade unions and high-tax government.’
      • ‘These comments underlined a three-cornered row which saw the Government and two Opposition parties bickering over how to proceed.’
      • ‘Expect the issue to run and run in three-cornered rural contests, and in the Legislative Council contest.’
      • ‘The election itself was a three-cornered contest for the first time since 1929.’
      • ‘Some feel that a different type of personality could have captured this neglected demographic in what has become a three-cornered fight.’

Pronunciation

three-cornered

/ˈTHrē ˈˌkôrnərd//ˈθri ˈˌkɔrnərd/