[ trahy-pod ]
/ ˈtraɪ pɒd /


a stool, table, pedestal, etc., with three legs.
a three-legged stand or support, as for a camera or telescope.
the oracular seat of the priestess of Apollo at Delphi.

Nearby words

  1. triploblastic,
  2. triploid,
  3. triplopia,
  4. triply,
  5. tripmeter,
  6. tripodal,
  7. tripodic,
  8. tripody,
  9. tripoli,
  10. tripolis

Origin of tripod

1595–1605; < Latin tripod- (stem of tripūs) < Greek tripod- (stem of trípous) orig., three-footed. See tri-, -pod Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for tripod


/ (ˈtraɪpɒd) /


an adjustable and usually collapsible three-legged stand to which a camera, etc, can be attached to hold it steady
a stand or table having three legs
Derived Formstripodal (ˈtrɪpədəl), adjective

Word Origin for tripod

C17: via Latin from Greek tripod-, tripous three-footed, from tri- + pous foot

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Word Origin and History for tripod



c.1600, "three-legged vessel," from Latin tripus (genitive tripodis), from Greek tripous (genitive tripodos) "a three-legged stool or table," literally "three-footed," from tri- "three" (see tri-) + pous (genitive podos) "foot" (see foot).

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