tri·​lat·​er·​al | \ (ˌ)trī-ˈla-tə-rəl How to pronounce trilateral (audio) , -ˈla-trəl \

Definition of trilateral

: having three sides or parties trilateral business ventures trilateral discussions

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Recent Examples on the Web The trilateral meeting brought Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Italy's former interior minister, Matteo Salvini, to Hungary's capital of Budapest. Justin Spike, Star Tribune, "Populist leaders meet, seek 'European renaissance'," 1 Apr. 2021 Kurz, who was visiting Israel with his Danish counterpart to discuss a trilateral vaccine pact, credited Netanyahu for shocking him into action at the very beginning of the Covid-19 outbreak. Hadas Gold, CNN, "Netanyahu credits himself with bringing Israel 'back to life.' Now he hopes his Covid-19 campaign will save his political future," 22 Mar. 2021 From the Archives Trump administration officials are looking to arrange a trilateral call among Mr. Trump, Mr. Netanyahu and Mohammed VI soon to seal the diplomatic deal. Jared Malsin, WSJ, "Israel and Morocco Agree to Normalize Ties, Trump and Netanyahu Say," 10 Dec. 2020 The agreement is expected to help China, Japan and South Korea finally reach a trilateral free trade deal after years of struggling to bridge their differences. Elaine Kurtenbach, The Christian Science Monitor, "America First? China leads Asia into biggest free-trade deal.," 15 Nov. 2020 Turkish peacekeepers will also be deployed, according to Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev under the trilateral deal between Russian President Vladimir Putin and the leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia. Robyn Dixon, Washington Post, "Cease-fire deal over Nagorno-Karabakh sees protests in Armenia, celebrations in Azerbaijan," 10 Nov. 2020 The snake exhibited the characteristic scale pattern of diamond and triangles in light and dark brown, and the trilateral head that inspires the common name fer-de-lance, or lancehead. Myles Karp, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Lab Saving the World From Snake Bites," 21 Oct. 2020 Billingslea’s opening remarks at the Heritage Foundation focused on China’s efforts to build up their nuclear arsenal and the need for a trilateral arms control agreement. NBC News, "'Gentlemen's agreement' on U.S.-Russia nuclear treaty extension? U.S. says yes, Russia says no," 14 Oct. 2020 India is also expected to invite Australia to take part in an annual naval drill, expanding what has been a trilateral event with the U.S. and Japan, Bloomberg News reported in July. Isabel Reynolds,, "Pompeo Calls for United ‘Quad’ Bloc on China in Virus Crisis," 5 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of trilateral

1660, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trilateral

Latin trilaterus, from tri- + later-, latus side

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The first known use of trilateral was in 1660

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12 Apr 2021

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“Trilateral.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of trilateral

: involving three groups or countries

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