sex·​tu·​ple | \ seks-ˈtü-pəl How to pronounce sextuple (audio) , -ˈtyü-, -ˈtə-; ˈsek-stə-pəl \

Definition of sextuple

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having six units or members
2 : being six times as great or as many
3 : marked by six beats per measure of music sextuple time


sextupled; sextupling\ seks-​ˈtü-​p(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce sextuple (audio) , -​ˈtyü-​ , -​ˈtə-​ ; ˈsek-​stə-​ \

Definition of sextuple (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make six times as much or as many

intransitive verb

: to become six times as much or as numerous

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Other Words from sextuple


sextuple noun

Examples of sextuple in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Covid-19 deaths will likely sextuple, from 3,000 to more than 18,000. Adam Weinstein, The New Republic, "Florida Man Leads His State to the Morgue," 17 June 2020 The legislation would also roughly double the maximum size of the EITC for working families and almost sextuple it for childless workers. Alaska Dispatch News, "Tax cut proposal looks like no break for the middle class," 18 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of sextuple


circa 1563, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1632, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for sextuple


probably from Medieval Latin sextuplus, from Latin sextus sixth + -plus multiplied by; akin to Latin -plex -plex — more at -fold

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The first known use of sextuple was circa 1563

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“Sextuple.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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