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Definition of trice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a brief space of time : instant used chiefly in the phrase in a trice


triced; tricing

Definition of trice (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to haul up or in and lash or secure (something, such as a sail) with a small rope

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Examples of trice in a Sentence

Noun it's just a scrape on the knee—we'll have you fixed up in a trice
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In a trice, the amicability recedes to approximately the level of the battle of Verdun. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Divorce, Brooklyn Style," 8 Oct. 2019 One side of the balance-sheet is hard-to-sell loans; the other side is deposits that can be withdrawn in a trice. The Economist, "Why everybody is concerned about corporate-bond liquidity," 11 July 2019 The problem is fixed in a trice, and the show goes on without a hitch. David Kirby, WSJ, "‘The Birth of Loud’ Review: Constructive Feedback," 17 Jan. 2019 The process takes a whole morning and a good part of the afternoon, but the breads themselves disappear in a trice, said Buffington. Janice Steinhagen, Courant Community, "Bakers Rise To The Challenge Of Making Pulla Bread," 7 Mar. 2018 Another legend has Ruth eating anywhere from 12 to 24 hot dogs between games of a twin bill, a feat Chestnut replicated in a trice at Yankee Stadium. Steve Rushin,, "One Nation, Under Dog: An ode to the hot dog," 4 July 2016

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First Known Use of trice


15th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trice


Middle English trise, literally, pull, from trisen


Middle English trisen, tricen to pull, trice, from Middle Dutch trisen to hoist, from trise windlass

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The first known use of trice was in the 15th century

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“Trice.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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