tri·​col·​or | \ ˈtrī-ˌkə-lər How to pronounce tricolor (audio) also ˈtrē-, especially British ˈtri-kə-lə \

Definition of tricolor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a or tricolored \ ˈtrī-​ˈkə-​lərd How to pronounce tricolor (audio) \ : having, using, or marked with three colors
b of a dog : having a coat of black, tan, and white
2 : of, relating to, or characteristic of a tricolor or a nation whose flag is a tricolor especially : french



Definition of tricolor (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a flag of three colors arranged in equal horizontal or vertical bands the French tricolor
2 : a tricolor animal especially : a tricolor dog

Examples of tricolor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The ashes of a bonfire fueled with the tricolor flag of neighboring Ireland lay in a central square. New York Times, 13 July 2021 Thus a newer, tricolor MBC ribbon aims to make people aware of the need for more funding toward the development of life-extending treatments. Petra Guglielmetti, Glamour, 12 Oct. 2020 Part of the reason the MBC ribbon has started to go mainstream is a creative initiative that shines light on the tricolor ribbon and its cause—quite literally (and beautifully). Petra Guglielmetti, Glamour, 12 Oct. 2020 When Macron finally stepped up to the stage that had been erected in front of I. M. Pei’s glass pyramid, the crowd roared its approval with gusto and waved tricolor flags. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, 8 May 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Recently restored and painted with its original tricolor livery—a beautiful period embellishment—the car is accompanied by a Massini Report verifying its originality and specification. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 19 July 2021 Atop it is carved a little tricolor with a gold star in its blue field: The flag of Acadia. New York Times, 15 June 2021 Expect to see flags in the blue St. Andrew's cross and red and yellow Lion Rampant, and not the Union Jack of Britain favored at Rangers or the Irish tricolor typically displayed at Celtic. Graham Dunbar, Star Tribune, 3 June 2021 From tricolor Saint James Breton shirts and Lip watches to pétanque sets and Papier Tigre notebooks, all profits are reinvested in the estate while also promoting local production and artisanal know-how. Lindsey Tramuta, Fortune, 27 Mar. 2021 French President Emmanuel Macron, voicing U.S. allies’ shock and alarm at this week’s mob invasion of the U.S. Capitol, was framed by two national flags – the French tricolor and the Stars and Stripes. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Jan. 2021 Taken in North and South America, Europe, and Asia, the videos captured birds belonging to one of three species—Wilson’s phalaropes (Phalaropus tricolor), red-necked phalaropes (P. lobatus), and red phalaropes (P. fulicarius). Erica Tennenhouse, Science | AAAS, 12 Nov. 2020 The tricolor flecks are visually intriguing, but my family stood around the kitchen smacking our tongues trying to get that taste outta there. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, 14 Oct. 2020 The back of the system, where the vents are located, features tricolor banding with gray, navy and gold hues. Brittany Vincent, CNN Underscored, 29 June 2020

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First Known Use of tricolor


1795, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1797, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tricolor


French tricolore three-colored, from Late Latin tricolor, from Latin tri- + color color

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“Tricolor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tricolor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having or using three colors



English Language Learners Definition of tricolor (Entry 2 of 2)

: a flag (such as the national flag of France) that has three equal bands of different colors

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