Nearby words

  1. triphylite,
  2. triphyllous,
  3. tripinnate,
  4. tripitaka,
  5. triplane,
  6. triple a,
  7. triple alliance,
  8. triple alpha process,
  9. triple bogey,
  10. triple bond

Origin of triple

1325–75; Middle English (noun and v.) < Latin triplus (adj.), equivalent to tri- tri- + (du)plus duple Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for triple


/ (ˈtrɪpəl) /


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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