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noun, plural tri·pos·es.
  1. (at Cambridge University, England) any of various final honors examinations.
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Origin of tripos

1580–90; pseudo-Hellenization of Latin tripūs tripod
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Historical Examples of tripos

  • This 'consolation stakes' is regarded as a better test of originality than the tripos.

    Heroes of the Telegraph

    J. Munro

  • When the Tripos of 1822 made its appearance, his name did not grace the list.

  • Ansell, at the end of his third year, got a first in the Moral Science Tripos.

    The Longest Journey

    E. M. Forster

  • But before those Tripos Papers I bow my head in humble adoration.

  • In the learned doublets tripod and tripos we have the Greek form.

British Dictionary definitions for tripos


  1. British the final honours degree examinations in all subjects at Cambridge University
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Word Origin for tripos

C16: from Latin tripūs, influenced by Greek noun ending -os
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