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

Definition of tricolor

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1a or tricolored \ ˈtrī-​ˈkə-​lərd How to pronounce tricolored (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 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, "The French Vote, Celebrate, and Return to Normal in Grand Style," 8 May 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The back of the system, where the vents are located, features tricolor banding with gray, navy and gold hues. Brittany Vincent, CNN Underscored, "Jump into Night City with the gorgeous Xbox One X Cyberpunk 2077 Limited Edition console," 29 June 2020 In a forlorn scene, a gardener tended to the parched grass around the small monument for the war dead, while Pottier, the local mayor, was getting the French tricolor to flutter next to the Stars and Stripes. Fox News, "On sad anniversary, few to mourn the D-Day dead in Normandy," 5 June 2020 Just before midnight, the Soviet red hammer-and-sickle banner was pulled down from the Kremlin for the last time, and up fluttered an unfamiliar white-blue-red tricolor that proclaimed the birth – or rebirth – of Russia. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, "Trust deficit: The roots of Russia’s standoff with the West," 29 Apr. 2020 Full-on Strega Nona Situation in Your Sad Little Kitchen Pasta reigns supreme at this culinary pop-up, where the guest is expected not only to prepare her own Barilla tricolor rotini but also to wash the dishes afterward. Sarah Lazarus, The New Yorker, "Goings On About Home," 29 Apr. 2020 Images broadcast around the world of the Russian tricolor on the seabed drew quick condemnation in the West. Neil Shea, National Geographic, "A thawing Arctic is heating up a new Cold War," 21 Aug. 2019 The stands are full of tricolors and Stars and Stripes, the balance impressively even; there is a huge banner of Marianne, France’s national symbol, in the Parc des Princes, and the first beats of Seven Nation Army welcomed the teams. Jeré Longman, New York Times, "How Megan Rapinoe and the U.S. Beat France at the World Cup," 28 June 2019 At universities and public spaces across the country, people still sympathetic to Nehru’s vision of a secular India gathered under tricolor flags and portraits of Mahatma Gandhi. Time, "'Hate Is Being Preached Openly Against Us.' After Delhi Riots, Muslims in India Fear What's Next," 3 Mar. 2020 Alongside his comments, Kucera posted a picture of Iowa’s vertical red, white and blue tricolor flag with a bald eagle in its middle. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "'Vote blue, no matter who': Hawkeyes around the world are gathering to make their choice for president.," 4 Feb. 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 11 Aug. 2020.

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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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