tre·​ble | \ ˈtre-bəl How to pronounce treble (audio) \

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
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 How to pronounce trebling (audio) \

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 How to pronounce trebly (audio) \ 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

Sterling has continued to improve his game this season and played an integral part of Manchester City's domestic treble., "Netherlands vs England: Picking the Best Combined XI Ahead of Thursday's Nations League Semi-Final," 4 June 2019 Its chance of a rare treble of major titles was ended by Liverpool in the Champions League semifinals. Joseph Wilson, The Seattle Times, "Messi hits 50 goals for Barca, Madrid ends season to forget," 19 May 2019 The team would also win the Spanish league and the Copa del Rey to complete another treble. Joseph Wilson,, "From Stamford Bridge to the PSG comeback, Iniesta best moments with Barcelona," 27 Apr. 2018 Since 2016 however, Grimaldo has come into his own in Portugal, becoming an integral part of the side that won Benfica their second ever domestic treble., "Tottenham Preparing £27m Bid for Benfica Starlet Alex Grimaldo as Rose Future Remains Unclear," 2 July 2018 When Carlo Ancelotti was sacked last October, Heynckes returned to Bayern after four years in retirement since leading Bayern to the 2013 treble of Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup titles. Afp,, "Heynckes bows out with Bayern after Champions League 'adventure'," 2 May 2018 Certainly not as easy as Chelsea allowed the Argentine to net a competition-equaling 11th treble. Rob Harris, The Seattle Times, "Aguero, City humiliate Chelsea — and referee joins in japes," 10 Feb. 2019 Most La Liga Hat Tricks No player in La Liga history has scored more hat-tricks than Ronaldo, who has netted 34 trebles over the last nine years., "Cristiano Ronaldo's Incredible List of Records Set While at Real Madrid," 11 July 2018 The more polite Open cans warm up the bass, soften the treble, and wink at you invitingly. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "MrSpeakers Aeon Flow headphones review: songs of ice and fire," 30 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Halsey’s Hopeless Fountain Kingdom exposes some treble weakness in the E5000s, which can sound a bit thin and undernourished up top. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Final E5000 review: delicate bass cannons," 11 June 2019 The French defender reportedly earns around £50,000-a-week currently, with Umtiti believed to be seeking treble that amount in a new contract., "Barcelona 'Unwilling to Match' Star Man's Wage Demands as New Contract Talks Break Down," 30 Mar. 2018 By comparison, the Bose QuietComfort 35 II’s treble feels more present, but the bass isn’t as tight, and the mids are a bit flatter. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—tech and gear for travel that we’d buy," 13 Nov. 2018 Manchester City's hopes of winning three trophies may have faded with their Champions League exit this week, but their 3-1 win at Tottenham on Saturday sealed an impressive, if less prestigious, treble., "Manchester City Crowned Kings of London as Tottenham Win Seals Impressive Trio of Victories," 15 Apr. 2018 Plaintiffs are seeking treble damages under the Clayton Act. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Antitrust Bar vs. Apple," 23 Nov. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Transphobic attacks have trebled in the same time period, and the government notes that crimes of both type are frequently under-reported -- meaning the true number is certain to be far higher. Rob Picheta, CNN, "London bus attack victim urges fight against all LGBT hate crimes," 15 June 2019 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

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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)

chiefly British
: 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 How to pronounce treble (audio) \

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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