tri·​col·​or | \ˈtrī-ˌkə-lər also ˈtrē-, especially British ˈtri-kə-lə\

Definition of tricolor 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a or tricolored \ˈtrī-​ˈkə-​lərd \ : 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 new banner consisted of just a red and a blue stripe, without the central white stripe of the tricolor. Roxanne Fequiere, New York Times, "A Day to Celebrate Haiti’s Flag, and Its Foods," 14 May 2018 For men, there are tam-o’-shanter hats with tricolor pom-poms and capri-length golfing trousers—best worn with argyle knee-high socks, naturally. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Thom Browne’s New Golf Capsule Collection Is a Stroke Above the Rest," 30 Oct. 2018 People wrapped in flags and dressed in crazy hats, and one man spotted totally nude except for the tricolor, marched down the avenue where France displayed its military might a day earlier for Bastille Day. Elaine Ganley, Fox News, "With flags, song, pride, French celebrate unifying victory," 15 July 2018 Weleda is made with a blend of plant extracts — like viola tricolor, calendula, and chamomile — and mixed with beeswax. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Rihanna Uses $12 Weleda Moisturizer," 9 July 2018 The team eventually found momentum and made seared duck with tricolor potatoes and mushrooms for the entree. Tracy Swartz,, "South Loop contestant vows to win 'MasterChef' wedding challenge as team captain," 11 July 2018 José María Torres, a Mexican officer, was seen ripping down the banner of the New Orleans Grays on the roof of the Long Barrack, replacing it with a Mexican tricolor, right before he was killed. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "Visceral ties discussed, not felt at Alamo meetings," 23 June 2018 The name originates from the Mexican flag, el tricolor, which means three colors. Nihal Kolur,, "Why is the Mexican National Soccer Team Called El Tri?," 11 June 2018 The French tricolor flag adorns the sleeve of his baker’s coat. Adam Nossiter, New York Times, "Sons of Immigrants Prop Up a Symbol of ‘Frenchness’: The Baguette," 14 May 2018

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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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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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