Definition of trice in English:
noun(in phrase in a trice)
- It runs extremely quickly and can appear to vanish in a trice.
- If only she'd said ‘All right - I'll go to Mass ‘, she'd have been out in a trice.’
- As before, the facilitator grasped my objection in a trice, and even though I sense that she's inclined to side with the material, she gets it.
late Middle English trice 'a tug', figuratively 'an instant', from Middle Dutch trīsen 'pull sharply', related to trīse 'pulley'.
Unlike most tri- words, trice has nothing to do with ‘three’. It comes from early Dutch trisen ‘to pull sharply, hoist’, and in the Middle Ages at a trice meant ‘at one pull or tug’ rather than ‘in a moment, immediately’. By the late 17th century the original form of the expression had given way to the more familiar in a trice.
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