trip·​li·​cate | \ˈtri-pli-kət \

Definition of triplicate 

(Entry 1 of 3)

: three copies all alike used with in typed in triplicate


trip·​li·​cate | \ˈtri-pli-kət \

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 \
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

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triplication \ ˌtri-​plə-​ˈkā-​shən \ noun

Examples of triplicate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

People tend to look at the leaders called Kim as if they were printed in triplicate. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "Reporter’s notebook: Covering North Korea, daring to hope for change.," 11 June 2018 That portion of the roster is already well covered, often in duplicate or triplicate. Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: Do the Heat need a pass-first presence to maximize their roster?," 6 June 2018 Among the dishes being prepared was tagliatelle al ragu, the pasta dough of which rested in triplicate in soft mounds on a nearby wooden table. Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, "Behind the scenes at Che Fico, one of San Francisco’s most anticipated new restaurants," 21 Mar. 2018 Nondisclosure agreements were signed in triplicate when this Encino estate sold last week, but there’s little mystery as to who is the buyer. Neal J. Leitereg,, "YouTube star Logan Paul snaps up a prized Encino estate for $6.55 million," 24 Oct. 2017 Another Boston massacre happened in the 2007 ALCS: clinching losses in triplicate again, this time by a 30–5 thrashing. Tom Verducci,, "History Stings Indians, Andrew Miller in Excruciating Game 3 Loss to Yankees," 9 Oct. 2017 Even the two book covers are fraternal twins, each depicting a female face in triplicate. Molly Young, New York Times, "Help Wanted: Only Women Need Apply," 28 July 2017 Here, our mid-life crisis-hurdling protagonist is not only a woman, but one with a triplicate of complications—a husband, a daughter, and the capper, a career guiding patients through their own squalls of the psyche. Julie Miller,, "The Story Behind Gypsy, Netflix’s New Psychosexual Drama Starring Naomi Watts," 30 June 2017 The brilliance required a collapse, though, and the downfall of the Golden State Warriors had been encapsulated in a different play, before the Cavaliers created memories in triplicate. Adam Kilgore,, "One stat shows how badly the Warriors want to crush the Cavaliers," 2 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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, "This Is the Creator of Journey's Stunning Next Big Indie Game," 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, "Is the Gig Economy Working?," 15 May 2017

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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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obstinately defiant of authority

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