Definition of triple in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtripəl/ /ˈtrɪpəl/

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  • 1Consisting of or involving three parts, things, or people.

    ‘a triple murder’
    • ‘triple somersaults’
    • ‘They now face life imprisonment without parole in a U.S. jail for the vicious triple murder that took place in a Seattle suburb.’
    • ‘Three men and three women will play triple aspects of the man and woman.’
    • ‘It is the creative equivalent of the gymnast's triple somersault.’
    • ‘The antiretrovirals in question are a triple combination pill containing lamivudine, stavudine and nevirapine in two different strengths and a tablet of lamivudine plus zidovudine.’
    • ‘He did a triple somersault at Derby and I think he's done about seven somersaults, so he's doubled his ratio.’
    • ‘While training he used to do the triple somersault on the floor.’
    • ‘Today a jury found him guilty of triple murder.’
    • ‘Lee is one of only two women who try a triple flip with three full twists.’
    • ‘Other attractions include a team of unicyclists called the One Wheel Wizards, and the White Devils flying trapeze troupe who perform an extremely difficult triple somersault.’
    • ‘The Government has now pledged £2.5 million for research to identify the causes of autism, but stresses that the studies would look beyond the alleged link with the triple MMR vaccine.’
    • ‘Ted's stomach did a triple somersault with that one.’
    • ‘And there's no guarantee that if you get HIV and you take these triple therapies, or whatever comes along next, that they're going to be successful for you.’
    • ‘That means not only hazardous vaults and triple somersaults.’
    • ‘He maintains that the triple murders had ‘a wider social significance’.’
    • ‘He gave single-shot measles, mumps and rubella vaccines instead of the triple MMR jab after it was controversially linked to autism, although the vast majority of experts in the field reject the claim.’
    • ‘While the censor board has okayed a triple X rated film like ‘Murder’, it has refused to clear our film.’
    • ‘They were later re - arrested and charged with the triple murders.’
    • ‘Her first big break in journalism occurred when a triple murderer wrote to her from jail saying he liked her work.’
    • ‘Still trying to see life through gold-coloured spectacles, we were not willing to put the terrible double and triple murders back into the headlines.’
    three-way, tripartite
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    1. 1.1Having three times the usual size, quality, or strength.
      ‘a triple dark rum’
      • ‘They now were triple in size since Grace moved away.’
      • ‘And speaking of the bathroom, I buy the econo-pak of triple size toilet paper rolls and they're gone in two weeks.’
      • ‘With this state of mind come all the positive emotions with double and sometimes triple strength.’
      • ‘As soon as she was in the cafeteria, she bought a triple sized hamburger and a cup of coffee.’
      • ‘I just had a client stop by my office to drop off 2 bottles of wine from Sterling Winery along with a box of the most decadent triple dark chocolate truffles from a specialty chocolatier.’
      • ‘The proposed two-storey property would be substantial in size and would include a triple garage and a self-contained two-bedroom lodge at the front.’
      • ‘Plans call for a space nearly triple that of the current 31,000-square-foot building.’
      • ‘Avril went from high school to signing with a major label to a successful triple platinum debut album, all in 2 years.’
      three times, three times as much as, treble
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  • Three times as much or as many.

    ‘the copper energy cells had triple the efficiency of silicon cells’
    • ‘I could go on a rant about how sugar subsidies cause American consumers to pay triple the market price for sugar, just to get the privilege of ruining the Everglades.’
    • ‘The newspaper yesterday quoted commission officials as saying the last-minute payout to voters was triple the amount spent at the last election.’
    • ‘No one's saying, Oh, I'll wait until October so I can pay triple the car tax.’
    • ‘With overtime included, garment workers can earn triple the average annual income of $268.’
    • ‘Its predecessor was good but this is triple the amount.’
    • ‘It's a single scene that's better than an entire American blockbuster with triple the budget.’
    • ‘The figure is triple the average rate in Southeast Asia and 50 times the rate in developed countries.’
    • ‘The councillor warned that building costs for the project were already rising at triple the rate of inflation.’
    • ‘Brokers of the deal boasted orders for triple the value of the announced issue.’
    • ‘People on fixed incomes and pensioners simply cannot afford rises of triple the cost of living.’
    • ‘For that price, I can fly from Paris to New York, which is triple the distance.’
    • ‘However, the increase in endurance and strength in the multiple set group was just 2% from the group performing single sets but in triple the time!’
    • ‘The projected growth is triple the global rate.’
    • ‘People who suffer a heart attack without experiencing chest pain and seek medical attention at a hospital have triple the death rate of other cardiac patients.’
    • ‘If stroke survivors stop taking daily aspirin, they have triple the risk of suffering another stroke within just one month, according to a new study.’
    • ‘In the meantime, the remuneration committee would like to make an award to executives that is triple the level of awards allowed under the new scheme.’
    • ‘She will receive triple her Australian salary and five times the funding for the international virus database she has been developing.’
    • ‘The debt incurred in some cases is triple their monthly income.’
    • ‘The strong upward trend was reflected by the fact that advancing counters were triple the number of declining counters.’
    • ‘He would appear to have escaped a jail sentence and a fine of triple the profits on the deal, and apparently leaves the court without a stain on his character.’


  • 1A thing that is three times as large as usual or is made up of three standard units or items.

    ‘two whiskies—triples, please’
    • ‘Place-level data on the number of housing units from single family to doubles, triples, and buildings with more than five units built every month or every year.’
    • ‘Other cacti, sunflowers, and pinecones display this or other triples of Fibonacci numbers.’
    • ‘Add a daily double latte (make that a triple) and it's no wonder so many of us experience sensory overload and find it hard to wind down at day's end.’
    • ‘I need a double, no, make that a triple.’
    trio, threesome, triumvirate, triad, troika
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  • 2triplesA sporting contest in which each side has three players.

    ‘In the triples event, the three women grabbed a silver medal after winning four games, drawing one and losing the other.’
    • ‘Northern Ireland will send their strongest ever squad, while hopes are high for the Scottish EAD triples team after their win at the inaugural multi-disability bowls triples at Nottingham last year.’
    • ‘The Twins lead the American League in doubles and triples.’
    • ‘This triples event requires each team to complete three rounds of 15 ends per day under the following rule variations.’
  • 3TriplesBell Ringing
    A system of change ringing using seven bells, with three pairs changing places each time.

    ‘I can ring touches of Stedman Doubles no problems but whenever I look at the Stedman Triples work I get nowhere.’
    • ‘To help with compiling the collection, and to ensure the truth and accuracy of the published peals, I developed some software specifically for entering and checking Stedman Triples compositions.’
    • ‘Grandsire and Stedman triples are regularly rung for Sunday Service.’
  • 4Baseball
    A hit which enables the batter to reach third base.

    ‘He got back and started pounding doubles and triples down the third base line.’
    • ‘He hit only 240 with 17 home runs, but he did record nine triples and 26 stolen bases.’
    • ‘He had 22 home runs, seven triples, 27 doubles and 27 stolen bases.’
    • ‘A triple in Japanese baseball is a fairly rare play.’
    • ‘For example, if there's a man on first, a single moves him to 2nd base, a double moves him to 3rd base, a triple takes him home, etc.’
  • 5

    another term for trifecta

intransitive verb

[no object]
  • 1Become three times as much or as many.

    • ‘grain prices were expected to triple’
    treble, increase by three
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    1. 1.1with object Multiply by three.
      • ‘the party more than tripled its share of the vote’
  • 2Baseball
    Hit a triple.

    ‘he tripled into right field’
    • ‘Jackie Robinson tripled home a run and a single by Andy Pafko scored Robinson and the Dodgers were back in the game, trailing, 6-5.’
    • ‘Then in the 7th, facing Lowe, Ichiro tripled home another run.’
    • ‘Morcom knocked her third home run of the season over the left field fence before Miller tripled into right field.’


Middle English (as an adjective and adverb): from Old French, or from Latin triplus, from Greek triplous.