tre·​ble | \ˈtre-bəl \

Definition of treble 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : the highest voice part in harmonic music : soprano

b : one that performs a treble part also : a member of a family of instruments having the highest range

c : a high-pitched or shrill voice, tone, or sound

d : the upper half of the whole vocal or instrumental tonal range — compare bass

e : the higher portion of the audio frequency range in sound recording and broadcasting

2 : something treble in construction, uses, amount, number, or value



Definition of treble (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : relating to or having the range or part of a treble

b : high-pitched, shrill

c : of, relating to, or having the range of treble in sound recording and broadcasting treble frequencies

2a : having three parts or uses : threefold

b : triple in number or amount


trebled; trebling\ˈtre-​b(ə-​)liŋ \

Definition of treble (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to increase threefold

intransitive verb

1 : to sing treble

2 : to grow to three times the size, amount, or number

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Other Words from treble


trebly \ˈtre-​b(ə-​)lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for treble

Synonyms: Adjective

high-pitched, piping, screeching, shrieking, shrill, squeaking, squeaky, whistling

Antonyms: Adjective

bass, deep, grave, low, throaty

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Examples of treble in a Sentence


Turn down the treble on the radio and turn up the bass. The part is sung by a boy treble.


the treble shrieks of children at play a treble painting, with each panel telling a different part of the Nativity story


She trebled her earnings in only two years. Prices have trebled in only two years.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There’s a slight difference when going from wired to wireless, but in general the 4.40 BT is characterized by a forward bass (particularly mid-bass), a relatively wide soundstage for the price, and a consistent smoothness across the mids and treble. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Technica Back to School buying guide," 13 Aug. 2018 City have the chance to win a historic treble in what would become the greatest season in their history., "Andy Robertson Claims Pressure Is on Man City & Anfield Atmosphere Could Be Key Ahead of UCL Clash," 3 Apr. 2018 With Shakhtar, Bernard won the Ukrainian domestic treble and reached the last 16 of the Champions League last season - as well as scoring in a 2-1 group stage win over Manchester City., "Arsenal & Liverpool Reportedly Battling for Shakhtar Donetsk Winger Available on a Free Transfer," 22 June 2018 Neymar watched on as PSG slumped to a low-key 2-0 loss at home to Rennes, having wrapped up the domestic treble with a French Cup final victory over minnows Les Herbiers in midweek. Jed Court,, "Ligue 1 Recap: Monaco reach second place as Lyon stumble," 12 May 2018 Dembele enjoyed yet another impressive season in Scotland, scoring 16 goals in all competitions and helping Celtic secure yet another domestic treble, showing just how dominant the Bhoys have become in recent years., "Crystal Palace Monitoring Situation of Celtic Striker Amidst Increased Transfer Speculation," 20 June 2018 Establishing himself as the number one at the Parc des Princes for the 2017/18 season ahead of German international Kevin Trapp, Areloa kept 17 clean sheets in 34 Ligue 1 games, helping the Parisian side to a domestic treble., "Napoli Target PSG's Alphonse Areloa as Carlo Ancelotti Searches for Pepe Reina's Successor," 2 June 2018 Add a small leader and treble stinger hook to the jogs to enhance success., "D'Arcy Egan fishing report for May 3: Walleye biting, steelhead hanging around," 3 May 2018 Mediocre speakers don't usually play both quality bass and treble. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Yanny vs. Laurel: What do you hear?," 17 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

These headphones could stand to offer more treble detail, but, all told, this pair offers good balance, width, and clarity. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—tech and gear for travel that we’d buy," 13 Nov. 2018 The bad: Slight treble push; cords may seem a bit long for some users., The Seattle Times, "The best wireless headphones for running," 23 Oct. 2018 Kane's treble and two goals from John Stones, with Jesse Lingard also on the scoresheet, meant England joined Belgium on six points at the top of Group G ahead of the match between the two teams on Thursday. David Harding,, "England rout Panama to clinch spot in Round of 16," 24 June 2018 About one in four were shown nude or partially nude in that sample, almost treble the rate for men. The Economist, "The aftermath of the Weinstein scandal," 1 Mar. 2018 Ivan Rakitic just won the domestic double with Barcelona (and is a former treble winner), while Mario Mandzukic is currently at Italian champions Juventus., "Pride and Passion: Croatia's Unrelenting Fighting Spirit Continues to Carry National Hope," 12 July 2018 Arsenal are also looking at ex-Barcelona treble winning manager Luis Enrique and current Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri to possibly replace the Frenchman at the end of the season., "Nice Boss Lucien Favre in Running to Replace Arsene Wenger as New Arsenal Manager," 23 Apr. 2018 Thomas Mueller admits Bayern Munich's treble dreams received a rough reality check at the hands of Real Madrid in the Champions League. Ryland James,, "Bayern dreams of treble campaing given harsh reality check," 26 Apr. 2018 Wednesday's match will go a long way to determine whether Bayern can replicate the treble season that Heynckes masterminded in 2012-13., "Jupp Heynckes Praises Bayern for 'Excellent Football' as Weakened Lineup Eases Past Hannover," 22 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That led to economic growth of better than 4% a year on average from 2007 to 2017; inflows of foreign investment more than trebled over that period. The Economist, "Time is running out for Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega," 9 June 2018 Under the federal Lanham Act, compensatory damages for false advertising would be automatically trebled (multiplied by three). Michael Mccann,, "Could Skechers’s Lawsuit vs. Adidas Impact Collegiate Footwear Sponsorships Going Forward?," 11 May 2018 That deal, which divided United fans at the time, was rumoured to have trebled Lingard's weekly wages to around £100,000., "Jesse Lingard in Line for Lucrative New Man Utd Contract as Reward for Continuing Rise," 6 July 2018 The Belgian centre-half is currently on a weekly wage of £50,000, and is reportedly determined to treble his current wage packet, after seeing Virgil van Dijk bag himself a £180,000-a-week deal at Liverpool., "Spurs Star Holding Out for Bumper Contract After Seeing Van Dijk Pocket 180k-a-Week at Liverpool," 23 Feb. 2018 Indeed, actual damages under the FCA are automatically multiplied by three, or trebled. Michael Mccann,, "Was It the Right Decision for Lance Armstrong to Settle in His Lawsuit With the U.S. Government?," 21 Apr. 2018 Although domestic production has stayed flat, imports have more than trebled over the past ten years, according to the Department of Agriculture. The Economist, "Lack of guacDroughts, storms and global demand tests America’s love affair with avocado," 25 Jan. 2018 The number of forest fires has trebled so far this year, compared with the average over the last eight years, according to figures obtained by Euronews, affecting an area nearly the size of Luxembourg. Jennifer Summer, Houston Chronicle, "EMC Fire Department working to reduce cancer risks," 14 Mar. 2018 In 2012 fees nearly trebled, to £9,000 ($14,000) a year. The Economist, "Expanding horizonsWhy more British students are choosing foreign universities," 15 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of treble


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for treble


Middle English, the highest part in a three-part composition, from treble, adjective


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin triplus — more at triple

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English Language Learners Definition of treble

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: the highest range of sounds used in music

: a voice or instrument that has the highest range of sound



English Language Learners Definition of treble (Entry 2 of 3)

music : having or indicating a high sound or range



English Language Learners Definition of treble (Entry 3 of 3)

: to cause (something) to become three times as great or as many

: to become three times as great or as many


tre·​ble | \ˈtre-bəl \

Kids Definition of treble

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : the highest part in harmony having four parts : soprano

2 : an instrument having the highest range or part

3 : a voice or sound that has a high pitch

4 : the upper half of the musical pitch range



Kids Definition of treble (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : being three times the number or amount

2 : relating to or having the range of a musical treble


trebled; trebling

Kids Definition of treble (Entry 3 of 3)

: to make or become three times as much

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