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Trinity

[trin-i-tee]
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noun, plural Trin·i·ties for 2, 4.
  1. Also called Blessed Trinity, Holy Trinity. the union of three persons (Father, Son, and Holy Ghost) in one Godhead, or the threefold personality of the one Divine Being.
  2. a representation of this in art.
  3. Trinity Sunday.
  4. (lowercase) a group of three; triad.
  5. (lowercase) the state of being threefold or triple.
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Origin of Trinity

1175–1225; Middle English Trinite < Old French < Late Latin trīnitās triad, trio, the Trinity, equivalent to trīn(us) threefold (see trine) + -itās -ity
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trinity

noun plural -ties
  1. a group of three
  2. the state of being threefold
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Word Origin

C13: from Old French trinite, from Late Latin trīnitās, from Latin trīnus triple

Trinity

noun
  1. Also called: Holy Trinity, Blessed Trinity Christian theol the union of three persons, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, in one Godhead
  2. See Trinity Sunday
  3. Holy Trinity a religious order founded in 1198
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Word Origin and History for trinity

n.

early 13c., "the Father, Son and Holy Spirit," constituting one God in prevailing Christian doctrine, from Old French trinite (11c.), from Latin trinitatem (nominative trinitas) "Trinity, triad" (Tertullian), from trinus "threefold, triple," from plural of trini "three at a time, threefold," related to tres (neuter tria) "three." The Latin word was widely borrowed in European languages with the rise of Christianity (e.g. Irish trionnoid, Welsh trindod, German trinität).

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Trinity

A doctrine of Christianity that there is one God and three divine persons in the one God: the Father, the Son (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit.

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