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[trahy-kuhl-er; especially British trik-uh-ler] /ˈtraɪˌkʌl ər; especially British ˈtrɪk ə lər/
Also, tricolored; especially British, tricoloured. having three colors.
a flag having three colors.
the national flag of France, adopted during the French Revolution, consisting of vertical bands of blue, white, and red.
Also, especially British, tricolour.
Origin of tricolor
1780-90; < Late Latin tricolor, equivalent to tri- tri- + -color colored; see color Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for tricolour
Historical Examples
  • A French vessel was at Algiers; I would not even look at the tricolour.

    Apologia Pro Vita Sua John Henry Cardinal Newman
  • They called themselves citizens of France, and sported the tricolour.

    Kosciuszko Monica Mary Gardner
  • The lugger ran up the tricolour and fired a round-shot at the brig.

    True Blue W.H.G. Kingston
  • The Frenchman (it was Surcoeuf) did the same to the tricolour, and the action recommenced.

    Newton Forster Captain Frederick Marryat
  • The tricolour of France will yet float on the shores of the Adriatic.

  • Now we were off Chandernagore, on the battlements of which waved the tricolour.

  • He was an aristocrat, even if he clothed himself from head to foot in tricolour.

    Talleyrand Joseph McCabe
  • Ferrol picked up the tricolour and handed it to the Regimental Surgeon.

  • You yourself do not now swear faith to the tricolour or the fleur-de-lis.

  • On raiding her house the police discovered a tricolour flag.

    Southern Spain A.F. Calvert
British Dictionary definitions for tricolour


/ˈtrɪkələ; ˈtraɪˌkʌlə/
having or involving three colours
(often capital) the French national flag, having three equal vertical stripes in blue, white, and red
any flag, badge, ribbon, etc, with three colours
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for tricolour



1798, "flag having three colors," especially the emblem of France adopted during the Revolution, from French tricolore, in drapeau tricolore "three-colored flag." The arrangement of colors on the modern French national flag dates from 1794.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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