What does treble mean?

Definitions for treble
ˈtrɛb əltre·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. soprano, trebleadjective

    the pitch range of the highest female voice

  2. soprano, trebleadjective

    having or denoting a high range

    "soprano voice"; "soprano sax"; "the boy still had a fine treble voice"; "the treble clef"

  3. treble, threefold, three-fold, tripleadjective

    three times as great or many

    "a claim for treble (or triple) damages"; "a threefold increase"

  4. ternary, treble, triple, triplexadjective

    having three units or components or elements

    "a ternary operation"; "a treble row of red beads"; "overcrowding made triple sessions necessary"; "triple time has three beats per measure"; "triplex windows"

  5. double, dual, twofold, two-fold, treble, threefold, three-foldverb

    having more than one decidedly dissimilar aspects or qualities

    "a double (or dual) role for an actor"; "the office of a clergyman is twofold; public preaching and private influence"- R.W.Emerson; "every episode has its double and treble meaning"-Frederick Harrison

  6. trebleverb

    sing treble

  7. triple, trebleverb

    increase threefold

    "Triple your income!"


  1. treblenoun

    The highest singing voice (especially as for a boy) or part in musical composition.

  2. treblenoun

    A person or instrument having a treble voice or pitch; a boy soprano.

  3. treblenoun

    Any high-pitched or shrill voice or sound.

  4. treblenoun

    A threefold quantity or number; something having three parts or having been tripled.

  5. treblenoun

    Any of the narrow areas enclosed by the two central circles on a dartboard, worth three times the usual value of the segment.

  6. treblenoun

    Three victories, awards etc.

  7. trebleverb

    To multiply by three; to make into three parts, layers, or thrice the amount.

  8. trebleverb

    To make a shrill or high-pitched noise.

  9. trebleverb

    To become multiplied by three or increased threefold.

  10. trebleadjective

    Threefold, triple.

  11. trebleadjective

    Pertaining to the highest singing voice or part in harmonized music; soprano.

  12. trebleadjective

    High in pitch; shrill.

  13. Etymology: From treble, from triplus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Trebleadjective

    Etymology: Triple, Fr. triplus, triplex, Lat.

    Some I see,
    That twofold balls and treble sceptres carry. William Shakespeare.

    Who can
    His head’s huge doors unlock, whose jaws with great
    And dreadful teeth in treble ranks are set. George Sandys.

    All his malice serv’d but to bring forth
    Infinite goodness, grace, and mercy shewn
    On man by him seduc’d; but on himself
    Treble confusion, wrath, and vengeance pour’d. John Milton.

    A lofty tow’r, and strong on ev’ry side
    With treble walls. John Dryden, Æn.

    The pious Trojan then his jav’lin sent,
    The shield gave way; through treble plates it went
    Of solid brass. John Dryden, Æn.

    The sharper or quicker percussion of air causeth the more treble sound, and the lower or heavier the more base sound. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist. №. 179.

  2. Treblenoun

    A sharp sound.

    The treble cutteth the air so sharp, as it returneth too swift to make the sound equal; and therefore a mean or tenor is the sweetest. Francis Bacon.

    The lute still trembles underneath thy nail:
    At thy well-sharpen’d thumb from shore to shore,
    The trebles squeak for fear, the bases roar. Dryden.

  3. To Trebleverb

    To multiply by three; to make thrice as much.

    Etymology: from the adjective; triplico, Lat. tripler, Fr.

    She conceiv’d, and trebling the due time,
    Brought forth this monstrous mass. Edmund Spenser.

    I would not be ambitious in my wish,
    To wish myself much better; yet for you,
    I would be trebled twenty times myself,
    A thousand times more fair. William Shakespeare, Merch. of Venice.

    Aquarius shines with feebler rays,
    Four years he trebles, and doubles six score days. Thomas Creech.

  4. To Trebleverb

    To become threefold.

    Whoever annually runs out, as the debt doubles and trebles upon him, so doth his inability to pay it. Jonathan Swift.


  1. treble

    Treble refers to sounds of high pitch or frequency, often used in context of music or sound systems. It can also refer to a threefold quantity or amount, or the act of multiplying by three in various games, sports or activities.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Trebleadjective

    threefold; triple

  2. Trebleadjective

    acute; sharp; as, a treble sound

  3. Trebleadjective

    playing or singing the highest part or most acute sounds; playing or singing the treble; as, a treble violin or voice

  4. Trebleadverb

    trebly; triply

  5. Treblenoun

    the highest of the four principal parts in music; the part usually sung by boys or women; soprano

  6. Trebleverb

    to make thrice as much; to make threefold

  7. Trebleverb

    to utter in a treble key; to whine

  8. Trebleverb

    to become threefold


  1. Treble

    Treble was a girl group from the Netherlands.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Treble

    treb′l, adj. triple: threefold: (mus.) denoting the treble, that plays or sings the treble.—n. the highest of the four principal parts in the musical scale.—v.t. to make three times as much.—v.i. to become threefold:—pa.p. treb′led (-ld).—adj. Treb′le-dā′ted, living three times as long as man.—n. Treb′leness.—p.adj. Treb′le-sin′ewed (Shak.), having threefold sinews, very strong.—adv. Treb′ly. [O. Fr.,—L. triplus.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Treble is ranked #157234 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Treble surname appeared 103 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Treble.

    89.3% or 92 total occurrences were White.
    7.7% or 8 total occurrences were Black.

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Anagrams for treble »

  1. belter

  2. Elbert

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of treble in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of treble in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of treble in a Sentence

  1. Francois Pervis:

    At the beginning I was only thinking about retaining one title but now I'm on the right path, i've done the treble once, why not twice. I'm determined to win the sprint.

  2. Robert Herrick:

    Give me a kiss, and to that kiss a score Then to that twenty, add a hundred more A thousand to that hundred so kiss on, To make that thousand up a million. Treble that million, and when that is done, Let's kiss afresh, as when we first begun.

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