treble

noun
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

treble

adjective

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

treble

verb
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

Adjective

trebly \ ˈtre-​b(ə-​)lē How to pronounce trebly (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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Textures were carefully balanced, with robust basses topped by airy trebles, including Ms. Greenleaf’s voice, piercing and true. New York Times, "After a Decade, a Monteverdi Masterpiece Flies Free," 27 Dec. 2019 Bayern Munich, meanwhile, were looking to become the first-ever German club to win the treble after their success in the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal. SI.com, "Bayern Munich 2-1 Borussia Dortmund: A Night of History, Heynckes & Robben Making Wembley His Home," 29 Oct. 2019 Overlapping with current Rapids coach Robin Fraser in Toronto, the two piled up trophies in Canada becoming the first MLS team to win a treble in 2017. Jake Shapiro, The Denver Post, "Rapids sign fan-favorite free agent Drew Moor, sources say," 25 Nov. 2019 The penalties against Twaddle and VanWinkle total $1,268,870, including $389,187 in consumer restitution, $367,523 in senior consumer treble damages and $511,500 in civil penalties. John Tuohy, Indianapolis Star, "Hamilton County home improvement scammers ordered to pay $1.2M in damages," 11 Nov. 2019 The treble was crisp enough that vocals sounded fine, and the bass is reasonably good, but mid-range punch is what really stood out. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "4K projector turns any wall into theater-quality screen from inches away," 26 Oct. 2019 With all fishing circle hooks and single hook or single treble hook lures are preferred, in most cases, and circle hooks are mandated in some. Bill May, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Bill May: Putting together some fall fishing plans," 13 Oct. 2019 Bass-blurts, ragged spikes of treble, a terrible crowdedness or crammedness in the midrange. James Parker, The Atlantic, "Neil Young’s Boring, Prophetic Message to Readers," 28 Sep. 2019 Juventus were knocked out of the Champions League by eventual winners Real Madrid, and their dream of the treble was over for another season. SI.com, "How Juventus are Building to Finally Win the UEFA Champions League," 11 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Though KEF’s Q-series speakers have been around since the 90s, this 2017 model boasts a sleek design, improved Driver Array to smooth treble frequency, as well as a cleaner, more accurate sounding bass than before. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "These KEF Bookshelf Speakers Are $300 off on Amazon Now," 21 Nov. 2019 The Walpole High School chorus and treble chorus will perform at the stone stage in the park from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. while the lights on the nearby 10-foot balsam fir are switched on. BostonGlobe.com, "Visitors can get into the holiday spirit by sipping hot chocolate and listening to music at Bird Park’s tree lighting ceremony in Walpole on Dec. 6.," 20 Nov. 2019 The aria-like allegretto offered an opportunity for Fejervari to show off his technique in layers with bass staccato notes popping against creamy treble thirds and lyrical lines. Washington Post, "Zoltan Fejervari shows off his technique with a program of gems," 18 Nov. 2019 Another of United's 1998/99 treble winners, Stam won the Premier League title in all three of his full seasons at United. SI.com, "90min's Premier League Hall of Fame: Class of 2011," 22 Oct. 2019 In the case of Sutter, the system is accused of employing numerous tactics to protect its dominance and could be liable for more than $2 billion under state law because the injured parties could collect treble damages. Reed Abelson, New York Times, "High Medical Bills Set Up Major Legal Showdown in California," 3 Oct. 2019 The second is much more recent, with the crew neck on this season’s new third kit like that on the home shirt Inter wore during the 2009/10 treble season – the first Italian club to complete a Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League treble. SI.com, "Inter Launch New Nike Third Kit for 2019/20 Paying Tribute to Classic 90s Look," 9 Sep. 2019 As the voice of a young boy sings a treble solo, Calvin Richardson begins a slow, swirling solo, often dropping to the floor, then propelling himself back up with curving, undulating momentum. Roslyn Sulcas, New York Times, "Review: An American in London (Bernstein, That Is)," 16 Mar. 2018 The sound quality is solid, with good bass and treble presence and plenty of volume. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Sunday," 28 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The risks of such toxins tainting your score sheet are trebled this week with the now-traditional Thanksgiving triple-header. Kevin Cusick, Twin Cities, "The Loop Fantasy Football Update Week 13: Last-minute moves," 1 Dec. 2019 The reason for the industry’s complaints now is that the cost of those allowances has more than trebled in the past two years after the European Union tweaked the system. Chris Bryant | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "How the Steel Industry Made Millions From the Climate Crisis," 25 Nov. 2019 So the province wants to treble capacity by adding another pipe alongside the existing one. The Economist, "The environmentThe environment is Canada’s biggest wedge issue," 25 July 2019 The risks of such toxins tainting your score sheet are trebled this week with the now-traditional Thanksgiving triple-header. Kevin Cusick, Twin Cities, "The Loop Fantasy Football Update Week 13: Last-minute moves," 1 Dec. 2019 The risks of such toxins tainting your score sheet are trebled this week with the now-traditional Thanksgiving triple-header. Kevin Cusick, Twin Cities, "The Loop Fantasy Football Update Week 13: Last-minute moves," 1 Dec. 2019 The risks of such toxins tainting your score sheet are trebled this week with the now-traditional Thanksgiving triple-header. Kevin Cusick, Twin Cities, "The Loop Fantasy Football Report: Week 13," 27 Nov. 2019 Digital banks operating in the UK are on track to treble their customer numbers globally to 35 million people within 12 months, according to Accenture. Antony Jenkins, Quartz, "The demise of the traditional banking model is actually good news for all of us," 26 Nov. 2019 Microsoft was a mature company when Nadella took over in 2014, and the value of the firm has more than trebled on his watch. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Don’t Run a Government Like a Business," 15 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of treble

Noun

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

Adjective

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

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for treble

Noun

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

Adjective

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

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The first known use of treble was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

13 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Treble.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/treble. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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More Definitions for treble

treble

noun
How to pronounce treble (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of treble

 (Entry 1 of 3)

music
: the highest range of sounds used in music
: a voice or instrument that has the highest range of sound

treble

adjective

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

music : having or indicating a high sound or range

treble

verb

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

treble

noun
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

treble

adjective

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

treble

verb
trebled; trebling

Kids Definition of treble (Entry 3 of 3)

: to make or become three times as much

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