Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. having three syllables
  • n. a word comprised of three syllables

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a trisyllable; consisting of three syllables.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to a trisyllable; consisting of three syllables; as, a trisyllabic word or root.

Etymologies

tri- +‎ syllabic (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • That verse wherein the accent falls on every third syllable, may be called trisyllabic verse; it is equivalent to what has been called anapestic; and we will still use the term anapest to express two unaccented and one accented syllable.

    Miscellany

  • He wrote the book, and much of the rest of his life's work, in rhyming anapestic meter, also called trisyllabic meter.

    APM: Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac RSS Feed

  • Plus, it just sounds better as a trisyllabic epithet.

    Matthew Yglesias » The Brie Factor

  • ** The Fog Index: [(number of words/number of sentences) + words three syllables and above, not counting proper nouns or words made trisyllabic with simple "- ing" type suffixes] x 0.4 = the number of years of formal education that a person requires in order to easily understand the text on the first reading.

    Archive 2007-08-01

  • If all are disyllabic or trisyllabic, then there will be either 102 or 153 syllables.

    Archive 2007-08-01

  • Obama, too, is now strongly associated with a straightforward, trisyllabic message -- "Yes we can" -- although instead of imperatively employing a negative of a negative ( "Don't be evil"), his is an optimistic, election-ready double positive.

    Teddy Wayne: Goobama: Obama Is the Google Candidate

  • However, although his actual name isn't Miltonic or especially literary, it is indeed trisyllabic with a disyllabic nickname, and Latinate, and has at least a sort of Early Modern connection.

    Ferule & Fescue

  • Shakespeare chooses names for them that are similar almost the the point of interchangeability: Hermia, Helena, both trisyllabic, beginning in 'He' with the stress on the first syllable and ending in 'a'.

    Shakespeare

  • "Neutrinics" was trisyllabic nonsense to Mrs. Potterley, but she knew it had nothing to do with history.

    The Complete Stories Vol 1

  • = There are twenty trisyllabic pentameter endings in

    The Last Poems of Ovid

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