tri·​lat·​er·​al | \(ˌ)trī-ˈla-tə-rəl, -ˈla-trəl\

Definition of trilateral 

: having three sides or parties trilateral business ventures trilateral discussions

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Merkel instead is pushing for bilateral and trilateral deals to cope with short-term migration pressures. Fox News, "EU leaders back Africa, Balkans migrant reception centers," 24 June 2018 But, like all trilateral agreements there are unintended consequences that hurt the parties involved; and outright cheating that must be addressed. Jim Turner,, "Agriculture commissioner candidates say NAFTA hurts Florida farmers," 30 May 2018 One source of hope for Brussels is the trilateral agreement on a seven-point plan the U.S., EU and Japan formulated to fight unfair trade practices. William Mauldin, WSJ, "U.S. Trading Partners Seek Guidance on How to Avoid Tariffs," 11 Mar. 2018 Israeli officials have talked for years about a trilateral pipeline to Europe. The Economist, "Egypt is optimistic about new gas discoveries in the Mediterranean," 5 July 2018 Pompeo said at a press conference following trilateral talks with South Korea’s foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha and Japan’s foreign minister Tarō Kōno. Joseph Hincks / Seoul, Time, "Mike Pompeo Says Sanctions Will Remain on North Korea Until Complete Denuclearization," 14 June 2018 During a visit to Mar-a-Lago earlier this year, Abe urged Trump to set up a trilateral coordination group for the US, South Korea and Japan to coordinate preparations for the summit and develop a unified position. Jeremy Diamond, Kevin Liptak And Elise Labott, CNN, "Trump picks 'attitude' over prep work ahead of Singapore summit," 7 June 2018 If things go well, South Korea’s Moon may seek a trilateral summit with Trump and Kim on July 27 to mark the anniversary of the Korean War armistice signed on that day in 1953, according to South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo newspaper. Andy Sharp,, "Here’s What to Watch for When Trump and Kim Meet," 11 June 2018 South Korean President Moon Jae-in has lobbied to meet Trump and Kim for a trilateral summit the following day, but the White House has not confirmed such a meeting. David Nakamura, Washington Post, "Trump to meet with Kim Jong Un at resort hotel off coast of Singapore, White House says," 5 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of trilateral

: involving three groups or countries

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