triliteral

adjective
tri·​lit·​er·​al | \ (ˌ)trī-ˈli-t(ə-)rəl How to pronounce triliteral (audio) \

Definition of triliteral

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: consisting of three letters and especially of three consonants triliteral roots in Semitic languages

triliteral

noun

Definition of triliteral (Entry 2 of 2)

: a root or word that is triliteral

Other Words from triliteral

Adjective

triliteralism \ (ˌ)trī-​ˈli-​t(ə-​)rə-​ˌli-​zəm How to pronounce triliteral (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of triliteral

Adjective

1751, in the meaning defined above

Noun

circa 1828, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for triliteral

Adjective

tri- + Latin littera letter

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about triliteral

Time Traveler for triliteral

Time Traveler

The first known use of triliteral was in 1751

See more words from the same year

Statistics for triliteral

Cite this Entry

“Triliteral.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/triliteral. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

Comments on triliteral

What made you want to look up triliteral? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Who Knew?

True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!