- threefold; triple.
- of or relating to the highest part in harmonized music; soprano.
- of the highest pitch or range, as a voice part, voice, singer, or instrument.
- high in pitch; shrill.
- the treble or soprano part.
- a treble voice, singer, or instrument.
- a high or shrill voice or sound.
- the highest-pitched peal of a bell.
- to make or become three times as much or as many; triple.
Origin of treble
Related Words for trebleacute, penetrating, piping, piercing, rank, soprano, sharp, shrill, reeking, high-pitched, loud, malodorous, putrid, rancid, shrieky, shrilly, smelly, strident
Examples from the Web for treble
Contemporary Examples of treble
She looked through his list of potential song titles and came across one called “Treble Bass.”‘All About That Bass’ Singer Meghan Trainor On Haters and Her Polarizing (and Unlikely) No. 1 Hit
October 7, 2014
Historical Examples of treble
Have I, do you think, a desire to double and treble my own fault in the eye of the world?Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
And Miss Nancy with the treble ruffles in her hand now appeared.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
You might treble that, and say a hundred and fifty, yet not be far from the truth.A Tale of Two Cities
Moved by an automatic impulse, the lad placed one finger on a treble key.Melomaniacs
She was the leading first treble, a small lady with a sharp, shrill voice.Winning His Way
Charles Carleton Coffin
- threefold; triple
- of, relating to, or denoting a soprano voice or part or a high-pitched instrument
- three times the amount, size, etc
- a soprano voice or part or a high-pitched instrument
- the highest register of a musical instrument
- the high-frequency response of an audio amplifier, esp in a record player or tape recorder
- a control knob on such an instrument by means of which the high-frequency gain can be increased or decreased
- bell-ringing the lightest and highest bell in a ring
- the narrow inner ring on a dartboard
- a hit on this ring
- to make or become three times as much
Word Origin for treble
Word Origin and History for treble
late 14c., "three times, triple," from Old French treble (12c.), from Latin triplus (see triple).
early 14c., "to multiply by three," from Old French trebler, from treble (see treble (adj.)). Related: Trebled; trebling.
"highest part in music, soprano," mid-14c., from Anglo-French treble, Old French treble (see treble (adj.)). In early contrapuntal music, the chief melody was in the tenor, and the treble was the "third" part above it (after the alto).