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[ trahy-lit-er-uh l ]
/ traɪˈlɪt ər əl /


using or consisting of three letters.
(of Semitic roots) consisting of three consonants.


a triliteral word or root.

Nearby words

trilateration, trilby, trilemma, trilinear, trilingual, triliteral, triliteralism, trilithon, trill, trilling, trilling, lionel

Origin of triliteral

First recorded in 1745–55; tri- + literal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for triliteral

  • Triliteral and Multiliteral Propositions (such as “All abc are de”).

    Symbolic Logic|Lewis Carroll
  • We can recognise any Semitic dialect by the triliteral character of its roots.

  • Triliteral, trī-lit′ėr-al, adj. consisting of three letters.

  • As Egyptian roots seldom exceeded three letters, there was no need for triliteral phonograms to spell them.

British Dictionary definitions for triliteral


/ (traɪˈlɪtərəl) /


having three letters
(of a word root in Semitic languages) consisting of three consonants


a word root of three consonants
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