- 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.
verb (used with or without object), tre·bled, tre·bling.
- treaty indian,
- treaty port,
- treble chance,
- treble clef,
- treble staff,
Origin of treble
Examples from the Web for 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|Marlow Stern|October 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Fasten on thread No. 120, and work one treble and row of French ground of six stitches to each hole.
The store-vats had commonly a capacity of 5000 or 6000 barrels; and a few were double, and one was treble, this size.A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines|Andrew Ure
But, petulantly, the treble threw off the sombre spirit of what had gone before.The Transgression of Andrew Vane|Guy Wetmore Carryl
It was intended to supersede—which it has done—canister and grape shot; effecting the same results at treble the range.Gunnery in 1858|William Greener
The enemy could not stand this treble fire, and, though disputing the ground step by step, began reluctantly to retire.The Story of the Zulu Campaign|Waller Ashe
- 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
- the narrow inner ring on a dartboard
- a hit on this ring
Word Origin 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).