tri·​gram ˈtrī-ˌgram How to pronounce trigram (audio)
: any of the eight possible combinations of three whole or broken lines used especially in Chinese divination

Examples of trigram in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Connecting the trigrams to spell out the phrase draws a letter, and leads you to the next clue’s starting point (in this case, cell K2). Andrew Hetherington, Popular Mechanics, 12 Mar. 2020 The answer to each fourth clue is a number, rather than a new trigram. Andrew Hetherington, Popular Mechanics, 12 Mar. 2020 The trigrams on the South Korea flag were translated into an eight-point star, representing the full spectrum of a united fraternity of North Korea and South Korea athletes. New York Times, 15 Feb. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of trigram was in 1606

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“Trigram.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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