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or (especially British) tricolour

[trahy-kuhl-er; especially British trik-uh-ler] /ˈtraɪˌkʌl ər; especially British ˈtrɪk ə lər/
Also, tricolored; especially British, tricoloured. having three colors.
a flag having three colors.
the national flag of France, adopted during the French Revolution, consisting of vertical bands of blue, white, and red.
Origin of tricolor
1780-90; < Late Latin tricolor, equivalent to tri- tri- + -color colored; see color Unabridged
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  • Besides their tricolour scarfs round their waists, they wore, suspended by a ribbon from their necks, a small silver axe.

    An Englishman in Paris Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam
  • A French vessel was at Algiers; I would not even look at the tricolour.

    Apologia Pro Vita Sua John Henry Cardinal Newman
  • Socialism, or the Red Republic, is all one; for it would tear down the tricolour and set up the red flag.

    Paris under the Commune John Leighton
  • Now we were off Chandernagore, on the battlements of which waved the tricolour.

  • Later, to make it more distinctive, the blue and white stripes changed places, leaving the tricolour as it stands to-day.

  • On raiding her house the police discovered a tricolour flag.

    Southern Spain A.F. Calvert
  • It nearly precipitated a rupture with Vienna, where the French tricolour had recently been torn down by an angry crowd.

  • From every turret and pinnacle in Buda the tricolour waved in the breeze, and all the streets of Pest rang with loud huzzas.

  • A captain of the National Guard has been the first in that quarter to unfurl the tricolour.

    Paris under the Commune John Leighton
  • In the midst of them walked a slight, dark figure, clad entirely in black, save for the tricolour scarf round his waist.

    The Elusive Pimpernel Baroness Emmuska Orczy
British Dictionary definitions for tricolour


/ˈtrɪkələ; ˈtraɪˌkʌlə/
having or involving three colours
(often capital) the French national flag, having three equal vertical stripes in blue, white, and red
any flag, badge, ribbon, etc, with three colours
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for tricolour



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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