[ treb-yoo-shet, treb-yoo-shet ]
/ ˈtrɛb yʊˌʃɛt, ˌtrɛb yʊˈʃɛt /


a medieval engine of war with a sling for hurling missiles.

Nearby words

  1. treble,
  2. treble chance,
  3. treble clef,
  4. treble staff,
  5. treblinka,
  6. trebucket,
  7. trecento,
  8. tredecillion,
  9. tree,
  10. tree aster

Also tre·buck·et [tree-buhk-it, treb-yoo-ket] /ˈtriˌbʌk ɪt, ˌtrɛb yʊˈkɛt/.

Origin of trebuchet

1300–50; Middle English < Middle French, equivalent to trebuch(er) to overturn, fall (tre(s) across, over (< Latin trāns- trans-) + buc trunk of body < Germanic; compare Old English būc belly) + -et -et Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for trebuchet


trebucket (ˈtriːbʌkɪt)

/ (ˈtrɛbjʊˌʃɛt) /


a large medieval siege engine for hurling missiles consisting of a sling on a pivoted wooden arm set in motion by the fall of a weight

Word Origin for trebuchet

C13: from Old French, from trebuchier to stumble, from tre- trans- + -buchier, from buc trunk of the body, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German būh belly, Old English buc

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Word Origin and History for trebuchet



"medieval stone-throwing engine of war," c.1300 (in Anglo-Latin from early 13c.), from Old French trebuchet (12c.) "siege engine," from trabucher "to overturn, overthrow" (11c.), from tra- (from Latin trans-, here expressing "displacement") + Old French buc "trunk, bulk," from West Germanic *buh- (cf. German bauch "belly").

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