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From Old French treble, from Latin triplus.



treble ‎(not comparable)

  1. Threefold, triple.
    • Dryden
      A lofty tower, and strong on every side / With treble walls.
  2. (music) Pertaining to the highest singing voice or part in harmonized music; soprano.
    • 1957, J. D. Salinger, "Zooey", in, 1961, Franny and Zooey:
      He put his cigar in his mouth, and, with his right hand, up in the treble keys, he began to play, in octaves, the melody of a song called "The Kinkajou," which, somewhat notably, had shifted into and ostensibly out of popularity before he was born.
  3. High in pitch; shrill.


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treble ‎(not comparable)

  1. Trebly; triply.
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treble ‎(plural trebles)

  1. (music) The highest singing voice (especially as for a boy) or part in musical composition.
  2. (music) A person or instrument having a treble voice or pitch; a boy soprano.
  3. Any high-pitched or shrill voice or sound.
  4. A threefold quantity or number; something having three parts or having been tripled.
  5. (darts) Any of the narrow areas enclosed by the two central circles on a dartboard, worth three times the usual value of the segment.
  6. (sports) Three goals, victories, awards etc. in a given match or season.



treble ‎(third-person singular simple present trebles, present participle trebling, simple past and past participle trebled)

  1. (transitive) To multiply by three; to make into three parts, layers, or thrice the amount.
  2. (intransitive) To become multiplied by three or increased threefold.
  3. (intransitive) To make a shrill or high-pitched noise.
  4. (transitive) To utter in a treble key; to whine.
    • Chapman
      He outrageously / (When I accused him) trebled his reply.


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