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[trahy-pos] /ˈtraɪ pɒs/
noun, plural triposes.
(at Cambridge University, England) any of various final honors examinations.
Origin of tripos
1580-90; pseudo-Hellenization of Latin tripūs tripod Unabridged
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  • This 'consolation stakes' is regarded as a better test of originality than the tripos.

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

    Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay George Otto Trevelyan
  • 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.

  • An extract from one of these sets of tripos verses is given in Dyer, Hist.

    Cambridge Mildred Anna Rosalie Tuker
  • Yes; and she is very happy there, and hopes to do well in her tripos.

  • The tripos Examination was held in the early part of January.

    Lord Kelvin Andrew Gray
  • He—Foe—had taken a first-class in the tripos, of course; and a fellowship on top of that.

    Foe-Farrell Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • Ive been noticing these airs in you ever since you got that tripos or whatever you call it.

    Mrs. Warren's Profession George Bernard Shaw
British Dictionary definitions for tripos


(Brit) the final honours degree examinations in all subjects at Cambridge University
Word Origin
C16: from Latin tripūs, influenced by Greek noun ending -os
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