three·​fold | \ ˈthrē-ˌfōld How to pronounce threefold (audio) , -ˈfōld\

Definition of threefold

1 : having three parts or members : triple a threefold purpose
2 : being three times as great or as many a threefold increase

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from threefold

threefold \ ˈthrē-​ˈfōld How to pronounce threefold (audio) \ adverb

Examples of threefold in a Sentence

a threefold approach to solving the problem

Recent Examples on the Web

Insects, including vital pollinators, would see their ranges decline threefold. Umair Irfan, Vox, "4 big takeaways from the UN’s alarming climate change report," 9 Oct. 2018 Photo: Juanjo Martin/EFE/Zuma Press More than 34,000 seaborne migrants have landed on Spain’s shores so far this year, a threefold increase from last year. Jeannette Neumann, WSJ, "As Migrants Turn to Spain, a Welcome Mat Shows Signs of Wear," 23 Sep. 2018 Last year, a record $710 billion was sold through brokers, a nearly threefold rise from 2009, the Journal reported. Coulter Jones, WSJ, "Opportunities to Invest in Private Companies Grow," 23 Sep. 2018 The threefold jump in ice loss from the continent as a whole is a combination of increased melting of ice from West Antarctica and the Antarctic Peninsula, with a small signal from the ice sheet in East Antarctica. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Global warming has melted over 3 trillion tons of ice in Antarctica since 1992, and it's only getting worse," 13 June 2018 Trump turns everything into a culture war The catastrophe in Puerto Rico has a threefold origin. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The shocking truth about the Hurricane Maria death toll is our Trump nightmare made real," 30 May 2018 Content from Prime Video Carson’s proposal, if approved by Congress, would lead to a threefold increase in the rent paid by extremely low-income Americans. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "Low-income D.C. tenants petition Congress to spurn Ben Carson’s plan to raise rents for America’s poorest," 26 June 2018 Young migrants are therefore at a threefold disadvantage. The Economist, "In China’s cities, young people with rural ties are angry," 3 May 2018 The upshot was threefold: First, taking the most senior members of the locker room out of the equation would create leadership opportunities for guys becoming young vets. Albert Breer,, "For Andrew Luck, It All Re-Starts Here," 18 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'threefold.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of threefold

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about threefold

Statistics for threefold

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for threefold

The first known use of threefold was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for threefold



English Language Learners Definition of threefold

: having three parts
: three times as great or as many


three·​fold | \ ˈthrē-ˌfōld How to pronounce threefold (audio) \

Kids Definition of threefold

: being three times as great or as many

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on threefold

What made you want to look up threefold? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


standardized text or formulaic language

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Finance Words Quiz

  • a-piggy-bank
  • The etymology of mortgage is related most closely to which two words?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!