threefold

[ three-fohld ]
/ ˈθriˌfoʊld /

adjective

comprising three parts, members, or aspects; triple: a threefold program.
three times as great or as much; treble: a threefold return on an investment.

adverb

in threefold manner or measure; trebly.

Nearby words

  1. three-valued,
  2. three-wattled bellbird,
  3. three-way,
  4. three-way bulb,
  5. three-wheeler,
  6. threep,
  7. threepence,
  8. threepenny,
  9. threepenny bit,
  10. threes and eights

Origin of threefold

before 1000; Middle English threfold, Old English thrīfeald. See three, -fold

three-fold

[ three-fohld ]
/ ˈθriˌfoʊld /

noun

a unit of stage scenery consisting of three flats hinged together.
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British Dictionary definitions for threefold

threefold

/ (ˈθriːˌfəʊld) /

adjective

equal to or having three times as many or as much; triplea threefold decrease
composed of three partsa threefold purpose

adverb

by or up to three times as many or as much
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Word Origin and History for threefold

threefold

adj.

Old English þrifeald; see three + -fold.

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