[ noun, adjective kwin-too-pli-kit, -tyoo-; verb kwin-too-pli-keyt, -tyoo- ]
/ noun, adjective kwɪnˈtu plɪ kɪt, -ˈtyu-; verb kwɪnˈtu plɪˌkeɪt, -ˈtyu- /
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a group, series, or set of five copies or identical items, especially copies of typewritten matter.


noting or consisting of five identical parts; fivefold.
pertaining to a fifth item or copy of something.

verb (used with object), quin·tu·pli·cat·ed, quin·tu·pli·cat·ing.

to produce or copy in quintuplicate.
to make five times as great, as by multiplying.



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Idioms for quintuplicate

    in quintuplicate, in five identical copies.

Origin of quintuplicate

1650–60; quintu(ple) + -plicate, after duplicate, triplicate, etc.

OTHER WORDS FROM quintuplicate

quin·tu·pli·ca·tion, noun

Words nearby quintuplicate

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Example sentences from the Web for quintuplicate

  • Not a rivet fell, but that its fall was noted—in quintuplicate.

    The Misplaced Battleship|Harry Harrison (AKA Henry Maxwell Dempsey)
  • Associated words: quinary, quintuple, quintuplicate, quincunx.

    Putnam's Word Book|Louis A. Flemming

British Dictionary definitions for quintuplicate


adjective (kwɪnˈtjuːplɪkɪt)

fivefold or quintuple

verb (kwɪnˈtjuːplɪˌkeɪt)

to multiply or be multiplied by five

noun (kwɪnˈtjuːplɪkɪt)

a group or set of five things

Derived forms of quintuplicate

quintuplication, noun
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