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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

Example Sentences

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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 The popular 'Striptease' hosta is a tricolor variety; each green leaf has a golden stripe down the center that is edged by a thin white line. Sheryl Geerts, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 Aug. 2022 The mussel reproduces by releasing larvae that look like food for minnows, such as the Alabama shiner, tricolor shiner and striped shiner. Dennis Pillion |, al, 5 July 2022 But Russian forces have raised their tricolor flag over the Kherson regional administration building. Washington Post, 19 Apr. 2022 An example of this is Look 6, a tricolor silk faille raincoat in a cocoon shape Cristóbal Balenciaga might have approved of. Vogue, 24 Feb. 2022
Meanwhile, the Palestinian tricolor stripe overlaid by a red triangle as well as the black flag signaling no quarter hang in private homes and wave defiantly at demonstrations. Alissa Simon, Variety, 22 Nov. 2022 Framing the bespoke dial is a ring in the French tricolor tones of blue, red and white. Cait Bazemore, Robb Report, 17 Nov. 2022 While most plants have individual tricolor leaves, the motif is spread across the leaves of Breynia disticha. Deanna Kizis, Sunset Magazine, 27 Oct. 2022 The colors—orange and green, two-thirds of the Irish tricolor—were perfect, as was the fit. Mike Kerrigan, WSJ, 21 Oct. 2022 Their party was rebranded as the National Alliance, yet the MSI’s tricolor flame remained. Ruth Ben-ghiat, The Atlantic, 23 Sep. 2022 Each example of the anniversary variant is finished in a matte coat of Steel Blue and features the French tricolor on its side view mirrors, fuel cap and, most prominently of all, the underside of its active rear spoiler. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 31 Aug. 2022 Where the Russians painted their tricolor on signs and bus stops, locals have already restored the blue and yellow of the Ukrainian flag. Isabel Coles, WSJ, 12 Sep. 2022 The interior features Bugatti’s Sky View roof, which consists of two glass panels, and the French tricolor again appears on the seats, steering wheel and key fob. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 31 Aug. 2022 See More

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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 8 Dec. 2022.

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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