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

Issuance of these bonds more than quintupled in 2018 from the year prior, hitting at least a nine-year high, the MMA data shows. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, "Risk Rises in Municipal Bonds," 21 Jan. 2019 So Ali launched a better formula and quintupled revenue — the company was acquired by Procter & Gamble, and Target just started stocking the web-first brand. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: How two direct-to-consumer startups iterated their way to success," 19 Sep. 2018 Mexico’s security spending quintupled from 2006 to 2018, but much money earmarked for security measures such as improved training for local police hasn’t been accounted for, according to the congressional audit office. Juan Montes, WSJ, "As Violence Soars, Mexico’s New Leader to Take Charge of Security," 24 July 2018 Since Square went public in late 2015, the stock has more than quintupled in price. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Square CFO Sarah Friar is leaving to become the CEO of Nextdoor — which means she won’t become the CEO of Square," 10 Oct. 2018 What’s Happening Tencent has been an Asian market darling, nearly quintupling in value in five years. Steven Russolillo, WSJ, "Tencent’s Bad Year Gets Worse, Leading Selloff in Chinese Tech Stocks," 15 Aug. 2018 Shares of heavily indebted China Evergrande Group , which more than quintupled in 2017, have fallen 20% this year, Thomson Reuters data shows. Manju Dalal, WSJ, "Chinese Developers Sit Out Wider Asian Rally," 10 July 2018 The population of its cities has quintupled over the past 40 years, reaching 813m. The Economist, "China is trying to turn itself into a country of 19 super-regions," 21 June 2018 Luhnow gave him a one-year deal worth $16 million, committing to compensate him more in ’17 than anyone else on an Opening Day payroll that had nearly quintupled in just four years, to $124 million. Ben Reiter, SI.com, "Why Carlos Beltrán Was the Perfect Addition to Aid the Astros' Journey to the World Series," 9 July 2018

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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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