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tricolor

[trahy-kuhl-er; especially British trik-uh-ler] /ˈtraɪˌkʌl ər; especially British ˈtrɪk ə lər/
adjective
1.
Also, tricolored; especially British, tricoloured. having three colors.
noun
2.
a flag having three colors.
3.
the national flag of France, adopted during the French Revolution, consisting of vertical bands of blue, white, and red.
Also, especially British, tricolour.
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90; < Late Latin tricolor, equivalent to tri- tri- + -color colored; see color
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British Dictionary definitions for tricolored

tricolour

/ˈtrɪkələ; ˈtraɪˌkʌlə/
adjective
1.
having or involving three colours
noun
2.
(often capital) the French national flag, having three equal vertical stripes in blue, white, and red
3.
any flag, badge, ribbon, etc, with three colours
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Word Origin and History for tricolored

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.

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