EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR THIRD
A second and a third time the Ethiopian touched him with his wand, and spoke in whispers.
And the third time I said, 'Behold the winged separates from that which hath no wings.'
He little knew how narrow an escape he had had of losing a third!
Then they wait for a third service, and after that start out home again.
In the hands of nearly every third person was a printed paper.
It seemed to come from the direction of Malbone's room, which was in the third story.
And to-day we have three novelists of the third class, good, capable craftsmen.
The immense majority of us prefer a God at second or third hand.
I do not deny that a second or third hand knowledge of God may do something.
"And so belabored as to be scarce able to crawl along it," cried a third.
Old English metathesis of þridda, from Proto-Germanic *thridjas (cf. Old Frisian thredda, Old Saxon thriddio, Middle Low German drudde, Dutch derde, Old High German dritto, German dritte, Old Norse þriðe, Gothic þridja), from PIE *tritjos (cf. Sanskrit trtiyas, Avestan thritya, Greek tritos, Latin tertius, Old Church Slavonic tretiji, Lithuanian trecias, Old Irish triss).
Related to Old English þreo (see three). Metathesis of thrid into third is attested from c.950 in Northumbria, but thrid was prevalent up to 16c. The noun meaning "third part of anything" is recorded from late 14c. Third rail in electric railway sense is recorded from 1890. Third World War as a possibility first recorded 1947. Third-rate "of poor quality" is from 1814, ultimately from classification of ships (1640s); third class in railway travel is from 1839. Third Reich (1930) is a partial translation of German drittes Reich (1923). Third party in law, insurance, etc., is from 1818.