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tripos

[trahy-pos] /ˈtraɪ pɒs/
noun, plural triposes.
1.
(at Cambridge University, England) any of various final honors examinations.
Origin of tripos
1580-1590
1580-90; pseudo-Hellenization of Latin tripūs tripod
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  • In the first 10 years 250 students took a tripos, of whom one in five was placed in the first class.

    Cambridge Mildred Anna Rosalie Tuker
  • This 'consolation stakes' is regarded as a better test of originality than the tripos.

  • He—Foe—had taken a first-class in the tripos, of course; and a fellowship on top of that.

    Foe-Farrell Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • When the tripos of 1822 made its appearance, his name did not grace the list.

    Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay George Otto Trevelyan
  • The tripos, although it did not take shape till the middle of the same century derives its name from a custom of the xvith.

    Cambridge Mildred Anna Rosalie Tuker
  • An extract from one of these sets of tripos verses is given in Dyer, Hist.

    Cambridge Mildred Anna Rosalie Tuker
  • I don't know much about English universities, but isn't a tripos what you work for at Cambridge?

  • The tripos Examination was held in the early part of January.

    Lord Kelvin Andrew Gray
  • Ansell, at the end of his third year, got a first in the Moral Science tripos.

    The Longest Journey E. M. Forster
  • Ive been noticing these airs in you ever since you got that tripos or whatever you call it.

    Mrs. Warren's Profession George Bernard Shaw
British Dictionary definitions for tripos

tripos

/ˈtraɪpɒs/
noun
1.
(Brit) the final honours degree examinations in all subjects at Cambridge University
Word Origin
C16: from Latin tripūs, influenced by Greek noun ending -os
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