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tripos

[trahy-pos]
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noun, plural tri·pos·es.
  1. (at Cambridge University, England) any of various final honors examinations.
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Origin of tripos

1580–90; pseudo-Hellenization of Latin tripūs tripod
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Historical Examples

  • This 'consolation stakes' is regarded as a better test of originality than the tripos.

    Heroes of the Telegraph

    J. Munro

  • When the Tripos of 1822 made its appearance, his name did not grace the list.

  • Ansell, at the end of his third year, got a first in the Moral Science Tripos.

    The Longest Journey

    E. M. Forster

  • But before those Tripos Papers I bow my head in humble adoration.

  • In the learned doublets tripod and tripos we have the Greek form.


British Dictionary definitions for tripos

tripos

noun
  1. British the final honours degree examinations in all subjects at Cambridge University
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin tripūs, influenced by Greek noun ending -os
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