tri·​plic·​i·​ty tri-ˈpli-sə-tē How to pronounce triplicity (audio)
plural triplicities
: one of the groups of three signs each distant 120 degrees from the other two into which the signs of the zodiac are divided

called also trigon

: the quality or state of being triple or threefold

Examples of triplicity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Each zodiac sign falls under one of four triplicities, a.k.a elements (fire, earth, air, or water) and one of three quadruplicities, a.k.a modalities (cardinal, fixed, and mutable). Sabrina Talbert, Women's Health, 18 Apr. 2023 Among these groupings are the four elemental types, or triplicities: earth signs, air signs, water signs, and fire signs—the feistiest of them all. Women's Health, 12 May 2023 Because Mercury rules Libra by triplicity rulership (a type of rulership that depends on the element), this is a placement that is able to work with almost anyone on almost anything. Alice Sparkly Kat, Allure, 27 Oct. 2021 There are four triplicities and quadruplicities that further categorize the twelve signs. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, 28 Oct. 2018

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Word History


Middle English triplicite, from Late Latin triplicitas condition of being threefold, from Latin triplic-, triplex

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of triplicity was in the 14th century

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“Triplicity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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