Origin of triple

1325–75; Middle English (noun and v.) < Latin triplus (adj.), equivalent to tri- tri- + (du)plus duple
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Historical Examples of triple

  • With this triple killing his main troubles with dogs ceased.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • And she told the Prince all about the wall with the triple gates.

  • His first triple question also ended, for some time, his remarks.

    The Genius

    Margaret Horton Potter

  • Where there is no unity, there it cannot have any meaning to speak of the double or triple existence.


    Hugo Mnsterberg

  • The clock-reel was used for winding yarn, also a triple reel.

British Dictionary definitions for triple



consisting of three parts; threefold
(of musical time or rhythm) having three beats in each bar
three times as great or as much


a threefold amount
a group of three


to increase or become increased threefold; treble
Derived Formstriply, adverb

Word Origin for triple

C16: from Latin triplus
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Word Origin and History for triple

late 14c., from Medieval Latin triplare "to triple," from Latin triplus "threefold, triple," from tri- "three" (see tri-) + -plus "-fold." The noun is recorded from early 15c.; the baseball sense is attested from 1880. The adjective is recorded from 1540s.

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