Definition of trine in English:



  • An aspect of 120° (one third of a circle)

    ‘Venus in trine to Mars’
    See also grand trine
    as modifier ‘a trine aspect’
    • ‘Sexual attraction occurs when one partner's Venus aspects the other's Mars; conjunctions are the most potent, with trines and sextiles also making for rewarding contact.’
    • ‘However, we are starting to see indications of a lesser sentence of imprisonment, since a trine is a favorable aspect.’
    • ‘Dorotheus refers to the trine as an aspect of much love and to the quartile as one of a medium amount of love.’
    • ‘Three planets are connected by three trines to form a triangle, the Grand Trine, around which planetary influences circulate with ease.’
    • ‘The trine formed between Mars and Uranus shows originality and enthusiasm in your actions.’
    trio, triplet, triplets, triumvirate, triad, trinity, troika, triunity, triangle, triplex


[with object]
  • (of a planet) be in a trine aspect with (another planet or position)

    ‘Jupiter trines Pluto all month’
    • ‘As Anthony J. McGettigan says: The last time Saturn trined Uranus during a change of signs was during the years 1912-1914.’
    • ‘In 1961, when Yuri Gagarin made the first space flight, transiting Uranus was trining the radical Mars / Saturn midpoint.’
    • ‘The Moon in Cancer is strong, and past opposing the Sun and trining Uranus.’
    • ‘The Uranus / Neptune conjunction on the midheaven, which trines the ascendant, describes the unexpected problems and general state of confusion.’
    • ‘Venus also trines the midheaven, which allowed her to build a glamorous image for her typical Arian features of lean body, long neck and large bones.’
    • ‘The Moon is applying to the aspect of Mars, whilst Mars trines this cusp.’


Late Middle English (in the sense ‘made up of three parts’): from Old French trin(e), from Latin trinus ‘threefold’, from tres ‘three’.