American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Triple: "treble reason for loving as well as working while it is day” ( George Eliot).
- adj. Music Relating to or having the highest part, voice, or range.
- adj. High-pitched; shrill.
- n. Music The highest part, voice, instrument, or range.
- n. Music A singer or player that performs this part.
- n. A high, shrill sound or voice.
- v. To make or become triple.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Threefold; triple.
- In music, pertaining to the voice or the voice-part called treble or soprano; high in pitch; in harmony, occupying the upper place: as, a treble voice; a treble violin. See II.
- n. In music: Same as soprano (which see). The term arose from the fact that in early contrapuntal music the chief melody or cantus firmus was given to the tenor (which see), and the voiceparts added above were called respectively the discantus or alto and the treble (that is, ‘third’ part) or soprano.
- n. A singer with a soprano or treble voice, or an instrument that takes the upper part in concerted music.
- n. Also triplex.
- n. In short whist, a game which counts three points to the winners, their adversaries not having scored.
- To make thrice as much; make threefold; multiply by three; triple.
- To utter in a high or treble tone; hence, to whine.
- To become threefold.
- adj. Threefold, triple.
- adj. music Pertaining to the highest singing voice or part in harmonized music; soprano.
- adj. High in pitch; shrill.
- n. music The highest singing voice (especially as for a boy) or part in musical composition.
- n. music A person or instrument having a treble voice or pitch; a boy soprano.
- n. Any high-pitched or shrill voice or sound.
- n. A threefold quantity or number; something having three parts or having been tripled.
- n. darts Any of the narrow areas enclosed by the two central circles on a dartboard, worth three times the usual value of the segment.
- n. sports Three victories, awards etc.
- v. transitive To multiply by three; to make into three parts, layers, or thrice the amount.
- v. intransitive To make a shrill or high-pitched noise.
- v. intransitive To become multiplied by three or increased threefold.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Threefold; triple.
- adj. Acute; sharp.
- adj. Playing or singing the highest part or most acute sounds; playing or singing the treble.
- adv. obsolete Trebly; triply.
- n. (Mus.) The highest of the four principal parts in music; the part usually sung by boys or women; soprano.
- v. To make thrice as much; to make threefold.
- v. obsolete To utter in a treble key; to whine.
- v. To become threefold.
- adj. three times as great or many
- v. sing treble
- adj. having more than one decidedly dissimilar aspects or qualities
- adj. having three units or components or elements
- v. increase threefold
- n. the pitch range of the highest female voice
- adj. having or denoting a high range
- From Old French treble, from Latin triplus. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin triplum, from Latin, neuter of triplus, triple; see triple. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Bayern lead Schalke by two points with four games left and in midweek declared the Bundesliga their primary target in a title treble quest.”
“Like Inter, Bayern Munich are eyeing a title treble from the Champions League, domestic league and national cup.”
“PREVIEW: High-flying Munich visit Leverkusen race towards a title treble when they face another big Bundesliga test at Bayer Leverkusen after their Champions Manchester United.”
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“Ferguson also had another slight dig at Rooney's agent, Paul Stretford, when asked if United's hopes of a treble were a convincing retort to claims the squad was on the wane, aired at the time of the striker's contract dispute last year.”
“The second lad turns out to be a boy treble, which is the key to the mystery—and also calls for huge acting and vocal resources on the part of Joseph Beesley, who thoroughly deserved the big ovation he got at last week's world premiere.”
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