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

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

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This triplicate of power soft-top convertibles is defined by horsepower — and more does not mean better. San Diego Union-Tribune, "2019 Boxster 718: preserving Porsche purity," 18 Aug. 2019 The episode, directed by Anne Sewitsky and written by the series’ creator, Charlie Brooker, is a self-aware princess tale in triplicate. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "The Best Episode of the New “Black Mirror” Is a Princess Tale Starring Miley Cyrus," 5 June 2019 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

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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The first known use of triplicate was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of triplicate

: having or existing in three copies

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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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