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 treble (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

Other Words from treble


trebly \ ˈtre-​b(ə-​)lē How to pronounce treble (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for treble

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of treble in a Sentence

Noun Turn down the treble on the radio and turn up the bass. The part is sung by a boy treble. Adjective the treble shrieks of children at play a treble painting, with each panel telling a different part of the Nativity story Verb She trebled her earnings in only two years. Prices have trebled in only two years. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The treble is superbly clear and has a silky quality while sitting nicely above the forward mid-range. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 25 July 2022 While the Premier League was missed out on by a single point last weekend, the season can end with a rare treble of trophies, having already won the FA Cup and the League Cup. Rob Harris, ajc, 28 May 2022 McConaughey often uses music as metaphor to describe his tasting notes, comparing tannins to treble and sweetness to bass. Marty Swant, Forbes, 21 Dec. 2021 With a core of graduates from the club's academy, La Masia, Barcelona won 14 trophies during Guardiola's four seasons in charge, including an unprecedented treble for a Spanish club. Matias Grez, CNN, 7 Aug. 2020 The midrange is perfectly pitched, while the treble is sweet with plenty of detail but no harshness. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 15 May 2022 If one club were to win both, or even an historic treble with the FA Cup, it would be considered one of the great seasons. Robert Kidd, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2022 Utah utilizes a system that offers a three-day notice to pay or vacate, after which mandatory treble (triple) damages can be assessed to a defendant. Daedan Olander, The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 Apr. 2022 That’s all thanks to one of the smartest speaker systems out there, one that figures out the user’s listening preferences, and then customizes the default bass, treble and noise cancellation accordingly. Thomas Hindle, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The treble frequencies are as sweet and as open as can be. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 3 Aug. 2022 The laptop comes with DTS Audio, and although the software's preset profiles didn't prove useful, some of the options, like treble enhance, vocal boost, bass boost, and the graphics EQ can help improve default audio a bit. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 7 July 2022 The Nest Audio lacks a bit of bass, while the Echo doesn't have much treble finesse, but both still offer high-quality sound considering their size and price. Will Greenwald, PCMAG, 28 June 2022 The morning gray light offers perfect conditions for camouflaging the heavy line and large treble hooks needed to land giants. Steven E. Banks, Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2022 The original 770 speakers used a single coil to equalize the bass to midrange response as well as crossover to the treble unit. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 Two of the drivers are balanced armature drivers for the treble and mid-range frequencies, while the bass response is delivered with a 10mm dynamic driver with a bio-cellulose diaphragm. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 Raytheon said plaintiffs in the civil lawsuits seek treble damages in an undetermined amount, plus attorneys’ fees and costs of suit. Stephen Singer,, 11 Feb. 2022 To deter participants from skipping out once their education costs had been paid, Congress imposed treble damages for not fulfilling contracts—three times the scholarship money. Rebecca Smith, WSJ, 9 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The separation of the frequencies, from the bass notes through to treble, is tight and dynamic, but the P17 still exhibit an airy and relaxed feel. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2021 It's got an adjustable tripod that buyers say is easy to set up, two replaceable eyepieces and a 3x Barlow lens, which is meant to treble the magnifying power of each eyepiece, and is suitable for all ages (little ones included). Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, 1 July 2020 In England, where bids for televising the Premier League for three years (from 2019) are due at the end of February, competition between BT and Sky Plc nearly trebled rights costs this decade to £1.7bn annually (see chart). The Economist, 18 Jan. 2018 Since the 1980s public expenditure as a share of GDP has trebled to 42%, a level similar to that of European welfare states. The Economist, 4 Jan. 2020 Annual foreign visitor arrivals to the country trebled in the years from 2013 to 2018 to more than 31 million, and the number is expected to top 40 million in 2020. Rob Picheta, CNN, 14 Jan. 2020 Ferrari’s share price has trebled since going public. The Economist, 18 Jan. 2020 The risks of such toxins tainting your score sheet are trebled this week with the now-traditional Thanksgiving triple-header. Kevin Cusick, Twin Cities, 1 Dec. 2019 So if the Frenchman can fulfil his vast and obvious potential, Tottenham have a player on their hands worth double or even treble the value., 28 July 2019 See More

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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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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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