- a very short time; an instant: in a trice.
Origin of trice1
- to pull or haul with a rope.
- to haul up and fasten with a rope (usually followed by up).
Origin of trice2
- variant of -trix.
Origin of -trice
Related Wordspoint, flash, juncture, time, date, occasion, bit, minute, stage, hour, moment, outburst, burst, breath, wink, shake, crack, while, twinkling, jiffy
Examples from the Web for trice
In a trice his huge bulk was safely ensconced in the adjoining one.Slaves of Mercury
In a trice we had galloped past the fortress, through the village, and had ridden into the gorge.A Hero of Our Time
M. Y. Lermontov
She reached the door before he could stop her, and in a trice she was out in the gallery.The Martian Cabal
Roman Frederick Starzl
So they mounted their horses and were gone in a trice, galloping to their own camp.Anabasis
In a trice they were ready and the ladies, wrapped in their cloaks, were in the coach.The Strollers
Frederic S. Isham
- moment; instant (esp in the phrase in a trice)
- (tr often foll by up) nautical to haul up or secure
Word Origin and History for trice
late 14c., "haul up and fasten with a rope" (v.), from Middle Dutch trisen "hoist," from trise "pulley," of unknown origin. Hence at a tryse (mid-15c.) "in a very short time," literally "at a single pluck or pull." The Middle Dutch word is the source of Dutch trijsen "to hoist," and cognate with Middle Low German trissen (source of Danish trisse, German triezen); its ultimate origin is unknown.