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treble

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noun tre·ble \ˈtre-bəl\

Simple Definition of treble

  • : the highest range of sounds used in music

  • : a voice or instrument that has the highest range of sound

Full Definition of treble

  1. 1a :  the highest voice part in harmonic music :  sopranob :  one that performs a treble part; also :  a member of a family of instruments having the highest rangec :  a high-pitched or shrill voice, tone, or soundd :  the upper half of the whole vocal or instrumental tonal range — compare basse :  the higher portion of the audio frequency range in sound recording and broadcasting

  2. 2 :  something treble in construction, uses, amount, number, or value

Examples of treble

  1. Turn down the treble on the radio and turn up the bass.

  2. The part is sung by a boy treble.



Origin of treble

Middle English, the highest part in a three-part composition, from treble, adjective


First Known Use: 14th century

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treble

adjective tre·ble

Simple Definition of treble

  • music : having or indicating a high sound or range

Full Definition of treble

  1. 1a :  having three parts or uses :  threefoldb :  triple in number or amount

  2. 2a :  relating to or having the range or part of a trebleb :  high-pitched, shrillc :  of, relating to, or having the range of treble in sound recording and broadcasting <treble frequencies>

tre·bly play \ˈtre-b(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of treble

  1. <the treble shrieks of children at play>

  2. <a treble painting, with each panel telling a different part of the Nativity story>



Origin of treble

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin triplus — more at triple


First Known Use: 14th century


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treble

verb tre·ble

Simple Definition of treble

  • : to cause (something) to become three times as great or as many

  • : to become three times as great or as many

Full Definition of treble

tre·bledtre·bling play \ˈtre-b(ə-)liŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to increase threefold

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 1 :  to sing treble

  5. 2 :  to grow to three times the size, amount, or number

Examples of treble

  1. She trebled her earnings in only two years.

  2. Prices have trebled in only two years.



14th Century

First Known Use of treble

14th century



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