tripos

noun

tri·​pos ˈtrī-ˌpäs How to pronounce tripos (audio)
1
[from the three-legged stool occupied by a participant in a disputation at the degree ceremonies] : a final honors examination at Cambridge university originally in mathematics
2
archaic : tripod

Word History

Etymology

modification of Latin tripus

First Known Use

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of tripos was in 1589

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Cite this Entry

“Tripos.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tripos. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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