[trahy-kuhl-er; especially British trik-uh-ler]


Also tri·col·ored; especially British, tri·col·oured. having three colors.


a flag having three colors.
the national flag of France, adopted during the French Revolution, consisting of vertical bands of blue, white, and red.

Also especially British, tri·col·our.

Origin of tricolor

1780–90; < Late Latin tricolor, equivalent to tri- tri- + -color colored; see color Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for tricolour

Historical Examples of tricolour

  • A French vessel was at Algiers; I would not even look at the tricolour.

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    John Henry Cardinal Newman

  • They called themselves citizens of France, and sported the tricolour.


    Monica Mary Gardner

  • The lugger ran up the tricolour and fired a round-shot at the brig.

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    W.H.G. Kingston

  • The Frenchman (it was Surcoeuf) did the same to the tricolour, and the action recommenced.

    Newton Forster

    Captain Frederick Marryat

  • The tricolour of France will yet float on the shores of the Adriatic.

British Dictionary definitions for tricolour


US tricolor

adjective Also: tricoloured, US tricolored (ˈtraɪˌkʌləd)

having or involving three colours


(often capital) the French national flag, having three equal vertical stripes in blue, white, and red
any flag, badge, ribbon, etc, with three colours
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Word Origin and History for tricolour



1798, "flag having three colors," especially the emblem of France adopted during the Revolution, from French tricolore, in drapeau tricolore "three-colored flag." The arrangement of colors on the modern French national flag dates from 1794.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper