trip·​li·​cate | \ ˈtri-pli-kət How to pronounce triplicate (audio) \

Definition of triplicate

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: three copies all alike used with in typed in triplicate


trip·​li·​cate | \ ˈtri-pli-kət How to pronounce triplicate (audio) \

Definition of triplicate (Entry 2 of 3)

: consisting of or existing in three corresponding or identical parts or examples triplicate invoices


trip·​li·​cate | \ ˈtri-plə-ˌkāt How to pronounce triplicate (audio) \
triplicated; triplicating

Definition of triplicate (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to make triple or threefold
2 : to prepare in triplicate triplicate the forms

Other Words from triplicate


triplication \ ˌtri-​plə-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce triplicate (audio) \ noun

Examples of triplicate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Coen shows her to us, and to Macbeth, in a triplicate mirage. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 25 Dec. 2021 Over the past 27 months, that has proven the case at least in triplicate with the Heat president. Ira Winderman,, 2 Oct. 2021 Although tax credit is a dirty word in policy making—signaling a love for filing forms in triplicate and unnecessary complexity—these programs have been simplified by lawmakers to directly pay out cash to consumers and businesses. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 29 Oct. 2021 The support, in fact, comes in triplicate, as illustrated by the results of’s annual survey that was released Friday. Ira Winderman,, 18 Dec. 2020 Juniper has contracted with CVS, which is requiring that every resident and staff member fill out consent forms in triplicate before being inoculated. Judith Graham, CNN, 17 Dec. 2020 The paper’s authors estimate that if all states had required triplicates there would be 36% fewer drug overdose deaths and 44% fewer opioid deaths. Allison Schrager, Quartz, 4 Dec. 2019 Purdue continued to pursue these doctors in non-triplicate states even after triplicate states dropped the requirement. Allison Schrager, Quartz, 4 Dec. 2019 Detroit has 4,788 voters that were flagged for duplicate, triplicate concerns. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, 11 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Purdue continued to pursue these doctors in non-triplicate states even after triplicate states dropped the requirement. Allison Schrager, Quartz, 4 Dec. 2019 One of several characters sporting capes with a triplicate diamond pattern appears to issue a signal, after which others join it, dashing to the edge of the area before leaping off and swooping down into the swirling cloud bank. Matt Peckham, Time, 12 Sep. 2017 The twentieth-century corrective—a corporate workplace of rules, hierarchies, collective bargaining, triplicate forms—brought its own unfairnesses. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, 15 May 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That’s why our holiday wish list includes a microwave splatter guard, preferably in duplicate or triplicate. oregonlive, 18 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of triplicate


1797, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined above


circa 1623, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for triplicate


Middle English, from Latin triplicatus, past participle of triplicare to triple, from triplic-, triplex threefold

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English Language Learners Definition of triplicate

: having or existing in three copies

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