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tri·​col·​or ˈtrī-ˌkə-lər How to pronounce tricolor (audio)
 also  ˈtrē-,
 especially British  ˈtri-kə-lə
or tricolored : having, using, or marked with three colors
of a dog : having a coat of black, tan, and white
: of, relating to, or characteristic of a tricolor or a nation whose flag is a tricolor
especially : french


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

Examples of tricolor in a Sentence

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The symbol of the Brothers of Italy is a tricolor flame, previously used by a neo-fascist party, and its hostility to immigrants remains firm. Roger Cohen, New York Times, 5 May 2024 Down came the tricolor Russian flag flying downtown alongside the flags of the six other countries where Roanoke has sister cities. Jane Gottlieb, Washington Post, 10 Apr. 2023 The federal Fish and Wildlife Service designated the northern long-eared bat as endangered last year and has proposed listing for the tricolored bat. John Flesher, Fortune, 17 Apr. 2023 In a nod to the tricolor Iranian flag, Amadi wore a white top, green shorts and bright red lipstick. Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times, 1 Oct. 2022 That's 9 billion pieces of the tricolor wonders to munch on every Halloween. Ashley Leath, Country Living, 30 Sep. 2022 Her party’s logo, a tricolor flame, is a symbol of the Italian Social Movement; some of Mussolini’s descendants have even contested elections under its banner. Yasmeen Serhan, Time, 22 Sep. 2022 When presenting the day’s show, Lesnoy sits before a small table draped with a white and blue tricolor flag—the symbol of the Russian opposition to the invasion—and that of Ukraine. Guillaume Ptak, WIRED, 29 Aug. 2022 Suddenly, a chevron of Italian Air Force jets blasted across the horizon toward the city, arcing through the sky above the St. Mark’s Square and the Doge’s Palace and leaving behind a trail of tricolor plumes. New York Times, 16 Apr. 2022
One tomb was shaped like the handle of a knife, the researchers said, and contained 50 Tang tricolor pieces and more than 20 porcelain pieces. Irene Wright, Miami Herald, 15 May 2024 In 1991, when Lockshin was 10, the hammer and sickle flag came down and the old Russian tricolor went up. Christopher Goffard, Los Angeles Times, 10 Apr. 2024 Wearing the tricolor trunks of his homeland and eager to impress the star guest, French President Emmanuel Macron, Jandard bounced once, twice… before slipping, falling onto his back and tumbling haphazardly into the water. Alexander Smith, NBC News, 5 Apr. 2024 In this wonderful film, the French armies fly the familiar tricolor, of vertical bands of blue, white, and red. The New Yorker, 27 Nov. 2023 Russian troops later planted a Russian tricolor and a Soviet flag atop the heap. Serhii Korolchuk, Washington Post, 28 Oct. 2023 Even as India sends its tricolor flag to remote extra-terrestrial locations, a thriving private space industry is also taking root within the country. Rachyl Jones, Fortune, 24 Aug. 2023 Jenner, on the other hand, showed off many a fine coat on her ski trip, including the coveted Phoebe Philo tricolor trench. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 23 Dec. 2023 Their small to medium size and tricolor coat add to their visual appeal. Jake Parks, Discover Magazine, 12 Dec. 2023

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Word History



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

First Known Use


1795, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1797, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of tricolor was in 1795

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Cite this Entry

“Tricolor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
tri·​col·​or ˈtrī-ˌkəl-ər How to pronounce tricolor (audio)
: a flag of three colors


2 of 2 adjective
variants or tricolored
: having, using, or marked with three colors

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