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

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

Adjective Share prices are quintuple what they were a few days ago. Verb 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 The weapon linked to him was one of six seized at the scene of the quintuple shooting. Ramon Antonio Vargas | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "15-year-old boy caught fleeing scene of triple killing in Gentilly jailed on murder counts," 16 Sep. 2020 Five minutes after the quintuple shooting involving Smith, a triple shooting occurred a little more than three miles away on Milwaukee's north side. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Shooting victim, driver killed in Sunday morning car crash identified by medical examiner's office," 22 June 2020 Kane Brown first achieved such a quintuple coronation in 2017. Jim Asker, Billboard, "Luke Combs Becomes Second Artist to Lead All Five Country Charts Simultaneously," 5 Mar. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some Chinese officials, somewhat facetiously, have suggested that Mr. Trump’s initiative could lead them to quintuple their arsenal and then enter into arms control talks. David E. Sanger, New York Times, "Trump Thought He Had a Nuclear Deal With Putin. Not So Fast, Russia Said.," 14 Oct. 2020 That would allow for 1 million homes to receive the service, but SpaceX now wants to quintuple that number. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "SpaceX now plans for 5 million Starlink customers in US, up from 1 million," 3 Aug. 2020 Across the industry, sales of new clothing are expected to fall 4% through 2024, while resale will nearly quintuple. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "The pandemic’s economic crunch is fueling the rise of the resale market," 23 June 2020 Faced with domestic headwinds, David Dai of Bernstein, an equity-research firm, says Tencent will quintuple gaming revenue from overseas from a pittance last year to about $3.5bn in 2021. The Economist, "Schumpeter Tencent has used stealth to become a gaming superpower," 13 June 2020 Brancatelli notes that quintupling the count in mid-April would get the U.S. back to just 40% of the traffic in February. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Will the airlines survive the coronavirus? Yes—and here’s how," 24 May 2020 Amid the pandemic, the mass-grave burials of indigent New Yorkers whose families could not be found or who could not afford a private funeral have quintupled, officials said, growing from an average of 25 per week to 120. Washington Post, "Burials on Hart Island, where New York’s unclaimed lie in mass graves, have risen fivefold," 16 Apr. 2020 Over the past three years, the ETF nearly quintupled its holdings in Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc. Jason Zweig, WSJ, "The Stock Got Crushed. Then the ETFs Had to Sell.," 31 Jan. 2020 In fiscal year 2018, that figure had quintupled to about 243,000. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, "What happens to our food supply if American farmers can't farm?," 31 Mar. 2020

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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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“Quintuple.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quintuple. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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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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