from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Composed of or divided into three parts.
  • adj. Relating to or executed by three parties: a tripartite agreement.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. In three parts.
  • adj. Done by three parties (as an agreement).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Divided into three parts; triparted.
  • adj. Having three corresponding parts or copies.
  • adj. Made between three parties.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Divided into three parts; three-parted.
  • Having three corresponding parts or copies.
  • Made or concluded between three parties: as, a tripartite treaty.
  • In heraldry, same as triparted.
  • In entomology, divided from the apex to the base by two slits, forming three nearly equal parts.
  • In botany, divided into three segments nearly but not quite down to the base: as, a tripartite leaf. Also triparted.
  • In mathematics, homogeneous in three sets of variables.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. involving three parties or elements


From Latin tripartitus. (Wiktionary)


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  • ...divisa in partes tres, as Julius Caesar put it in the opening sentence of De Bella Gallica, as every young scholar used to know.

    January 3, 2012