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

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 The country’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, raised the nation’s new tricolor flag over its main gate on the day India gained independence from Britain. Vidhi Doshi, Washington Post, "Corporate takeover of India’s landmark Red Fort alarms historians," 4 May 2018 Many were draped in the Irish tricolor and at one point the crowd began singing the national anthem. NBC News, "Ireland's Catholic traditions tested as abortion referendum looms," 12 May 2018 And when the people in the country of 3 million were not blocking highways, going on strike and waving the tricolor Armenian flag, they were engaged in an activity altogether unassociated with revolution: dancing. Amie Ferris-rotman, Washington Post, "Did Armenia just dance its way to revolution?," 3 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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