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


in threefold manner or measure; trebly.

Origin of threefold

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




a unit of stage scenery consisting of three flats hinged together. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for threefold

triple, treble, trine, ternary, trinal

Examples from the Web for threefold

Contemporary Examples of threefold

  • Between January 31, 1981, and January 31, 1989, the debt rose to $2.697 trillion—a threefold increase, or $1.763 trillion.

  • Symbolically speaking, the judge said, the need for an unprecedented sentence for the biggest financial crime ever was threefold.

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    June 29, 2009

Historical Examples of threefold

British Dictionary definitions for threefold



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


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

Old English þrifeald; see three + -fold.

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