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treble

noun tre·ble \ ˈtre-bəl \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of treble

1 a : 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

Examples of treble in a Sentence

  1. Turn down the treble on the radio and turn up the bass.

  2. The part is sung by a boy treble.

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Origin and Etymology of treble

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

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treble

adjective

Definition of treble

1 a : 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
2 a : having three parts or uses : threefold
b : triple in number or amount

trebly

play \ˈtre-b(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of treble in a Sentence

  1. the treble shrieks of children at play

  2. a treble painting, with each panel telling a different part of the Nativity story

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Origin and Etymology of treble

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


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treble

verb

Definition of treble

trebled; trebling play \ˈtre-b(ə-)liŋ\
transitive verb
: to increase threefold
intransitive verb
1 : to sing treble
2 : to grow to three times the size, amount, or number

Examples of treble in a Sentence

  1. She trebled her earnings in only two years.

  2. Prices have trebled in only two years.

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First Known Use of treble

14th century


TREBLE Defined for English Language Learners

treble

noun

Definition of treble for English Language Learners

  • : the highest range of sounds used in music

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


treble

adjective

Definition of treble for English Language Learners

  • music : having or indicating a high sound or range


treble

verb

Definition of treble for English Language Learners

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

  • : to become three times as great or as many


TREBLE Defined for Kids

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treble

noun tre·ble \ ˈtre-bəl \

Definition of treble for Students

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

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treble

adjective

Definition of treble for Students

1 : being three times the number or amount
2 : relating to or having the range of a musical treble

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treble

verb

Definition of treble for Students

trebled; trebling
: to make or become three times as much


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