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  1. threefold; consisting of three parts: a triple knot.
  2. of three kinds; threefold in character or relationship.
  3. three times as great.
  4. International Law. tripartite.
  1. an amount, number, etc., three times as great as another.
  2. a group, set, or series of three; something threefold; triad.
  3. Also called three-base hit. Baseball. a base hit that enables a batter to reach third base safely.
  4. Bowling. three strikes in succession.
  5. trifecta.
verb (used with object), tri·pled, tri·pling.
  1. to make triple.
  2. Baseball. to cause to come into home plate by a triple: to triple a runner home; to triple a run in.
verb (used without object), tri·pled, tri·pling.
  1. to become triple.
  2. Baseball. to make a triple.

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. 2018

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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


  1. consisting of three parts; threefold
  2. (of musical time or rhythm) having three beats in each bar
  3. three times as great or as much
  1. a threefold amount
  2. a group of three
  1. 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper