Meaning of trilogy in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtrɪlədʒi/

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nounplural noun trilogies

  • 1A group of three related novels, plays, films, etc.

    ‘J.R.R. Tolkien's epic fantasy trilogy, The Lord of the Rings’
    • ‘But yes, I had geeky fun and will see the three films back-to-back at the trilogy's first marathon screening.’
    • ‘The film is a trilogy of tales, though the structure pays very little mind to that structure, opening and closing with a connected gag.’
    • ‘Firstly, he decided on a trilogy and to film it in one epic shoot.’
    • ‘People say it's the greatest trilogy ever filmed!’
    • ‘This ratio was worked out for the first film when the trilogy's success was still unknown and while Jackson packed less punch in Hollywood.’
    • ‘There will also be a preview on Thursday, November 13, of a trilogy of short films based on Oscar Wilde's famous children stories.’
    • ‘It is the first of a trilogy of films based on JRR Tolkien's books.’
    • ‘This isn't just a film, or a trilogy, it's cinema history.’
    • ‘Even back then, they insisted on making a trilogy of films, a tactic that seems to have been partially inspired by their reading too many comics as kids.’
    • ‘Of the films in the trilogy, two were shot in the pre-Emergency period and the last one came out in 1975.’
    • ‘Although it is tempting to make this series a trilogy, I think that it's time I retired these characters and started fresh again.’
    • ‘Many of the books there are part of a trilogy or an extended series.’
    • ‘This is the first of what is to be a trilogy on the First World War.’
    • ‘It was the third volume of the trilogy which received the greatest popular and critical acclamation at the time of publication.’
    • ‘This trilogy of works may well be seen as Rodney's major book-length contributions to medieval history.’
    • ‘It is a classic example of a series in which there was a vague idea of a trilogy, but that never really came together until after the success of the first film.’
    • ‘There are some mysteries in the trilogy that you don't fully explain.’
    • ‘That was part of the trilogy of plays I was going to do about the burning down of Harlem and the movement of people back south.’
    • ‘One of last year's great discoveries was a furious trilogy of forgotten plays from the first world war.’
    • ‘The results, as throughout the trilogy, are delightful.’
    1. 1.1(in ancient Greece) a series of three tragedies performed one after the other.
      ‘the Aeschylean trilogy’
      • ‘Probably less familiar are the subsequent two tragedies in the trilogy: Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone.’
      • ‘In his trilogy of plays, The Oresteia, he deals with the themes of betrayal, murder and reconciliation.’
      • ‘Athenians at the time may have recalled another great Greek expedition overseas, to Troy; Euripides' Trojan trilogy was produced in 415.’
      • ‘The only trilogy intact today is Aeschylus' Orestia, which describes the tragic story of the House of Atreus after Agamemnon's triumphant return.’
      • ‘This huge opera is nothing less than a setting in Russian of almost the entire plot of the trilogy of Aeschylus.’
      • ‘In this paper 1 shall discuss only King Oedipus, the key play in Sophocles' trilogy.’
    2. 1.2A group of three related things.
      ‘a trilogy of cases reflected this development’
      • ‘Given their overlapping concerns, these films form an unofficial trilogy.’
      • ‘That was the third of a trilogy of decisions of the Court of Appeal.’
      • ‘Central to many of the protests against it is a trilogy of discontents about the idea of capitalism, the process of globalization, and the behavior of corporations.’
      • ‘But three is just too much, and results in a trilogy of errors that will further confuse the Christian.’


Mid 17th century from Greek trilogia, from tri- ‘three times’ + logos ‘story’.