quin·​tu·​ple | \ kwin-ˈtü-pəl How to pronounce quintuple (audio) , -ˈtyü-, -ˈtə-; ˈkwin-tə- How to pronounce quintuple (audio) \

Definition of quintuple

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : being five times as great or as many
2 : having five units or members
3 : marked by five beats per measure quintuple meter


quintupled; quintupling\ kwin-​ˈtü-​p(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce quintupling (audio) , -​ˈtyü-​ , -​ˈtə-​ ; ˈkwin-​tə-​ \

Definition of quintuple (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make five times as great or as many

intransitive verb

: to become five times as much or as numerous

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quintuple noun

Examples of quintuple in a Sentence


Share prices are quintuple what they were a few days ago.


The town's population has quintupled in the past 50 years. The company has quintupled the number of its employees.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In 2010, Entertainment Tonight reported Reynolds underwent quintuple bypass surgery. Fox News, "Burt Reynolds, legendary actor of 'Smokey and the Bandit' fame, dead at 82," 6 Sep. 2018 The Chase Freedom earns quintuple points (up to $1,500) on rotating quarterly categories that can include department stores, PayPal, and gas stations. New York Times, "How to Navigate the Complicated World of Credit Card Points," 11 Apr. 2018 Of course, Southerners can make double-syllable double names (Erin Rose), quadruple syllable double names (Emma Louise), and even quintuple syllable double names (Elizabeth Jane) sound downright perfect, too. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, "How the Double-Name Trend Started And Stayed in the South," 15 Feb. 2018 The Florence Township headquarters of Bettcher Industries, maker of cutting-and-trimming tools, resembled a pristine, quintuple-scale red barn. Bob Greene, WSJ, "If You Think the U.S. Is Divided and Ugly, Hit the Road," 2 July 2017 Capdeville did not mention specific businesses, but some in attendance cited a neighborhood carwash, which sits near the site of both Saturday's and October's quintuple shootings, as a hotspot for criminal activity. Beau Evans, NOLA.com, "Mid-City venue cited for 'illegal use' after quintuple shooting," 6 June 2017 After J.P. Morgan Chase released the blockbuster Chase Sapphire Reserve card last year, AmEx began offering quintuple points on airfare. Aaron Back, WSJ, "Why Platinum Can’t Beat Sapphire," 2 Mar. 2017 Spooked by rising competition, AmEx is now offering quintuple points on hotel bookings through its travel agency and a new credit for Uber rides. Aaron Back, WSJ, "AmEx: Why You Can Still Leave Home Without It," 5 Mar. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Drivers queue for hours for scarce supplies of petrol, the price of which has more than quintupled this year. The Economist, "Even in death, Robert Mugabe worries his successor," 14 Sep. 2019 Post has tripled the organization’s staff and quintupled its fundraising target from $10 million to an estimated $50 million for the 2020 cycle. Philip Elliott, Time, "How State Races Starting This Fall Will Shape Congress for the Next Decade," 5 Sep. 2019 Suburban landscapes, predator-free and with lots of low-hanging greenery, turn out to be a perfect habitat for deer, and their population inside the Interstate 495 loop has quintupled since 1985, to 50,000. Thomas Gerencer, BostonGlobe.com, "Ticks: They’re not just for hikers anymore," 23 Aug. 2019 Top state leaders are weighing whether to hand over management of the 82,500-acre Elliott State Forest to the university’s college of forestry, a transfer that would quintuple Oregon State’s forest holdings. oregonlive.com, "‘Majestic’ Douglas fir stood for 420 years. Then Oregon State University foresters cut it down," 26 July 2019 The stock, which has nearly quintupled since its initial public offering last month, was up another 28% on Friday morning. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Beyond Meat Enriches Shareholders with Wisdom," 7 June 2019 The number of private chefs, like McNamee, has quintupled. Christopher Rugaber, The Seattle Times, "Richer U.S. households fueling a hot job sector: ‘wealth work’," 30 July 2019 The subsidiary’s workforce has roughly quintupled since the acquisition, from about 30 employees to 150, according to its top executives. Jonathan Saltzman, BostonGlobe.com, "Stem-cell biotech seeing strong growth," 2 July 2019 After a decades-old roller coaster ride with the walleye population, the number of walleye caught in the U.S waters of Lake Erie nearly quintupled — from 417,000 to almost 2 million — between 2011 and 2018. D'arcy Egan, cleveland.com, "Lake Erie walleye boom’s cause is a mystery, but no one is complaining," 13 July 2019

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First Known Use of quintuple


1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1639, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for quintuple


Middle French, from Medieval Latin quintuplus, from Latin quintus fifth + -plus -fold; akin to Latin quinque five — more at five, -fold

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English Language Learners Definition of quintuple

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: five times bigger in size or amount
: having five parts or including five people or things



English Language Learners Definition of quintuple (Entry 2 of 2)

: to become five times bigger in value or number
: to cause (something) to become five times bigger

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