Definition of trinity in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtrinədē/

noun (plural trinities)

(also the Trinity or the Holy Trinity)
1The Christian Godhead as one God in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Example sentences
  • These creeds settled basic issues such as the Trinity and deity of Christ.
  • The humanity of Christ provides the opportunity for the manifestation of the Trinity.
  • References to the doctrines of the Trinity and the incarnation, the cross and the resurrection abound.
1.1A group of three people or things: the wine was the first of a trinity of three excellent vintages
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  • THIRUVAIYARU IN Thanjavur district is well known for being the place where saint composer Sri Thyagaraja, one of the music trinities, lived.
  • So often in life we just ignore our souls and we're trinities.
  • Each of these trinities are expiring one after the other because none can solve the confusion of a tri-une god.
1.2The state of being three: God is said to be trinity in unity
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  • The powerful movement is from trinity to unity.
  • In the early centuries of the Church, there were maddeningly diverse and often conflicting beliefs on core issues such as the human and divine natures of Christ, the unity and trinity of God, and much else.
  • Many churches teach nothing at all about the life of God as trinity.


Middle English: from Old French trinite, from Latin trinitas 'triad', from trinus 'threefold' (see trine).

  • triad from mid 16th century:

    Triad meaning ‘set of three’ goes back to Greek tres ‘three’. The Chinese secret societies are called Triads from their Chinese name San Ho Hui which can be translated as ‘tripe union society’. Triangle (Late Middle English) comes from the same word. The eternal triangle of romance dates from the early 20th century. Trinitas is the Latin for ‘triad’ and the source of trinity (Middle English). The musical trio (early 18th century) comes from the Italian development of tres. Triple (Middle English) is from the same root; and tripod (early 17th century) is a three-footed device, from tri- ‘three’ podes ‘feet’. Trivet (Late Middle English) comes from the Latin form of the word.

Words that rhyme with trinity

affinity, asininity, clandestinity, divinity, femininity, infinity, masculinity, salinity, vicinity, virginity

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Syllabification: trin·i·ty

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