tre·​foil | \ ˈtrē-ˌfȯi(-ə)l How to pronounce trefoil (audio) , ˈtre- How to pronounce trefoil (audio) \

Definition of trefoil

1a : clover sense 1 broadly : any of several leguminous herbs (such as bird's-foot trefoil) with leaves that have or appear to have three leaflets
b : a trifoliolate leaf
2 : an ornament or symbol in the form of a stylized trifoliolate leaf

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Examples of trefoil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The shoe mixes a retro feel (with the old school Adidas trefoil logo and three stripes) with the high-end design of Gucci. Jane Hanson, Forbes, 28 June 2022 More complicated knots include the trefoil and the figure eight, in which the string crosses over and under itself some number of times before its ends join together. Quanta Magazine, 16 June 2022 On the formal side, leather bowling bags and suede loafers come down to earth with Adidas's three-stripe motif or its trefoil stamp. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 7 June 2022 On luggage, the Trefoil was joined by the Gucci logo spelled backwards, while the horsebit crossbody and tote were decked out in an allover trefoil print. Tiziana Cardini, Vogue, 10 May 2022 There’s the traditional track jacket and pant combo, as well an option made with matching shorts, cut from both ’70s style graphic prints and a version of Gucci’s monogram canvas styled to include the Adidas trefoil. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 10 May 2022 Both are squared off towers that rise in four sections, and both are decorated with similar elements, such as trefoil arches. Los Angeles Times, 5 June 2021 The collaboration included men’s suits in track-worthy shades of royal blue and purple with the adidas stripes down the sleeves and trousers and Gucci written under sports brand’s trefoil. Colleen Barry, ajc, 26 Feb. 2022 The trefoil also appeared on big travel bags, and as a print on trousers. Colleen Barry, USA TODAY, 26 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of trefoil

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for trefoil

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin trifolium, from tri- + folium leaf — more at blade

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“Trefoil.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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tre·​foil | \ ˈtrē-ˌfȯil How to pronounce trefoil (audio) \

Kids Definition of trefoil

1 : a clover or related plant having leaves with three leaflets
2 : a fancy design with three leaflike parts

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