tricolor [trahy-kuhl-er; especially British trik-uh-ler] ExamplesWord Origin adjective

  1. Also tri·col·ored; especially British, tri·col·oured. having three colors.


  1. a flag having three colors.
  2. the national flag of France, adopted during the French Revolution, consisting of vertical bands of blue, white, and red.

Also especially British, tri·col·our. Origin of tricolor 1780–90; Late Latin tricolor, equivalent to tri- tri- + -color colored; see color Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for tricolor Contemporary Examples of tricolor

  • Thom Browne, known for his tricolor stripes and short-suits, will soon launch a diffusion collection called Thom Grey.

    Mary-Kate Olsen Moves In; 20,000 Pairs of Fake Louboutins Seized

    The Daily Beast

    August 17, 2012

  • Historical Examples of tricolor

  • When the French tricolor rolls out to the wind, we see France.

    Christopher Columbus and His Monument Columbia


  • The tricolor has been, since the March riots, recognized as the color of their opponents.

    Blood and Iron

    John Hubert Greusel

  • The first has a tricolor costume which is not without merit.

    The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles

    Jean Henri Fabre

  • We call them collectively the Tricolor, and Anne Denham is the governess.

    A Coin of Edward VII

    Fergus Hume

  • Here and there the tricolor, so long hidden, waved in the wind.

    Ned, Bob and Jerry on the Firing Line

    Clarence Young

  • Word Origin and History for tricolor n.

    1798, “flag having three colors,” especially the emblem of France adopted during the Revolution, from French tricolore, in drapeau tricolore “three-colored flag.” The arrangement of colors on the modern French national flag dates from 1794.

    Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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