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[trahy-sil-uh-buh l, trahy-sil-, tri-]
  1. a word of three syllables, as pendulum.
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Origin of trisyllable

1580–90; tri- + syllable, modeled on Greek trisýllabos having three syllables
Related formstri·syl·lab·ic [trahy-si-lab-ik, tris-i-] /ˌtraɪ sɪˈlæb ɪk, ˌtrɪs ɪ-/, tri·syl·lab·i·cal, adjectivetri·syl·lab·i·cal·ly, adverbtri·syl·lab·ism, noun
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Examples from the Web for trisyllabic

Historical Examples

  • Verses with trisyllabic second thesis are extremely rare and doubtful.

    A History of English Versification

    Jakob Schipper

  • If it be on the second, then the word is trisyllabic: (tavernez).

  • The usual metrical feet are either dissyllabic or trisyllabic.

    English Verse

    Raymond MacDonald Alden, Ph.D.

  • The limit for trisyllabic substitution is three out of five.

    English Verse

    Raymond MacDonald Alden, Ph.D.

  • The number of trisyllabic measures is, of necessity, limited to three.

    The English Language

    Robert Gordon Latham

British Dictionary definitions for trisyllabic


  1. a word of three syllables
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Derived Formstrisyllabic (ˌtraɪsɪˈlæbɪk), adjectivetrisyllabically, adverb
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