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

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 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 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 The new restrictions would quintuple the size of no-spray buffers around homes and schools, widen them around streams and require logging companies to provide one-day notice to neighbors before helicopters start spraying. oregonlive, "Oregon environmental groups, timber companies strike landmark compromise, signaling end to November ballot fight," 10 Feb. 2020 The system has more than quintupled the number of out-of-state students in the freshman class in the past decade — from just under 1,800 in 2009 to slightly under 10,000 in 2018. Nanette Asimov, SFChronicle.com, "Just how selective have UC schools become? Top students feel the pressure," 30 Nov. 2019 The proposal from the chairman, Jay Jacobs, would quintuple the number of votes that a political party needs to guarantee a spot on the ballot in the next election. Vivian Wang, New York Times, "Democrats’ Secret Plan to Kill Third Parties in New York," 29 Oct. 2019 Since 2009, stocks have more than quintupled, counting dividends. Jason Zweig, WSJ, "What Yogi Berra Would Have Said About This Bull Market," 14 June 2019 The market nearly quintupled in value during the Roaring ’20s, and stock prices were famously rich by the end of the decade. Washington Post, "Historic Stock Rally Favors Bears More Than Bulls," 30 Apr. 2019 Since then, the aircraft count has nearly quintupled, with balloons of various colors, designs and characters filling the sky over Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, a few miles from downtown. Washington Post, "Get crowds off your calendar in 2020," 2 Jan. 2020 Since Beyond Meat went public in May its valuation has more than quintupled, to $8.4bn. The Economist, "Plant-based meat could create a radically different food chain," 12 Oct. 2019 As the caseload has quintupled, much still remains unknown about the illness. Lauren Weber, chicagotribune.com, "These health officials alerted the world to the alarming vaping illness," 2 Oct. 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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“Quintuple.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quintuple. Accessed 10 Apr. 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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