American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One of a set of three identical objects or copies.
- v. To make threefold; triple.
- v. To make three identical copies of.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Triple; threefold; consisting of or related to a triad, or three corresponding parts; composed of three similars: as, a triplicate certificate.
- n. One of three things corresponding in every respect to one another.
- To treble; repeat a second time; make threefold; produce a third corresponding to a first and second.
- n. Each of a set of three identical objects or copies.
- v. transitive To make three identical copies of something.
- v. transitive To triple.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Made thrice as much; threefold; tripled.
- n. A third thing corresponding to two others of the same kind.
- n. one of three copies; any of three things that correspond to one another exactly
- v. reproduce threefold
- Early 15th century. From Latin triplicatus, form of triplicāre ("to triple"), from tri- ("three") + plicāre ("to fold"). (Wiktionary)
- From Middle English, triple, from Latin triplicātus, past participle of triplicāre, to triple, from triplex, triplic-, threefold; see triplex. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Or did a bureaucracy bomb explode somewhere along the way, turning every piece of paper into a form in triplicate?”
“In both instances Leahy (among other dems) insisted on having copies (in triplicate) of every single order (including, yes, 1-page orders re continuances, Rule 41 dismissals, etc.), copies of any public remarks, plus an farrago of other documents and transcripts (re various in-court hearings) etc. before any hearing would be scheduled.”
“By the way, whats with doing everything repeatedly and in triplicate and having ‘risk assessments’ for a bloody headache?”
“Mexico might contribute guidance if all paperwork, in triplicate, could be reduced to computer data.”
“Everyone speaks at least three languages, and road signs and menus appear in triplicate, too.”
“You not only did it many times twice, but many times in triplicate too.”
“Associated crime reports in triplicate I kid you not.”
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“Voting papers will be available in triplicate, with a cut and paste option and the pencil will be cuffed to the polling booth.”
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