• WordNet 3.6
    • n tripos final honors degree examinations at Cambridge University
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tripos A tripod.
    • Tripos A university examination of questionists, for honors; also, a tripos paper; one who prepares a tripos paper.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tripos A tripod.
    • n tripos In Cambridge University, England, the list of the successful candidates for honors in the departments specified in the quotation; also, the honor examination itself in any of these departments. In the mathematical tripos the three grades of the first part of the examination are respectively wranglers, senior optimes, and junior optimes; in the other triposes, and in Part II. of the mathematical tripos they are first, second, and third classes.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tripos trī′pos a university examination for honours at Cambridge: the list of successful candidates in an honours examination at Cambridge: a tripod.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. a tripod. See Tripod
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. traceable to the custom by which a B.A., known as Mr Tripos, sat on a three-legged stool and disputed in the Philosophy School at Cambridge on Ash Wednesday, his speech being called the Tripos speech.


In literature:

This 'consolation stakes' is regarded as a better test of originality than the tripos.
"Heroes of the Telegraph" by J. Munro
My dear Mr Praed: do you know what the mathematical tripos means?
"Mrs. Warren's Profession" by George Bernard Shaw
She had taken a first in the first part of the Moral Science Tripos, and she was working hard now for part two.
"Soul of a Bishop" by H. G. Wells
The Tripos is the beginning of life, not the end.
"The Longest Journey" by E. M. Forster
When the Tripos of 1822 made its appearance, his name did not grace the list.
"Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay" by George Otto Trevelyan
At Cambridge he had done very well, in the early days of the tripos, and was chosen fellow and tutor of Gonville and Caius College.
"Mary Anerley" by R. D. Blackmore
He had obtained a First Class in the Law Tripos and had done well in his Bar examination.
"Jaffery" by William J. Locke
HIPPANTHIGH: I was third in the classical tripos at Cambridge, Mr. Sladder.
"Plays of Near & Far" by Lord Dunsany
He took a high place in the classical tripos of 1858, and was intended for the Church.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
He had in front of him the answers to some Theological Tripos papers.
"Letters to His Friends" by Forbes Robinson
At the present moment they were both working hard for the grand Tripos examination which was to close their college career.
"The Adventures of a Three-Guinea Watch" by Talbot Baines Reed
In last year's Tripos the paper was positively inhuman.
"A College Girl" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
I don't know much about English universities, but isn't a Tripos what you work for at Cambridge?
"The Princess of the School" by Angela Brazil
Tripo-rauniel A pot of beer.
"The Gypsies" by Charles G. Leland
V. (E.) on the derivation of Tripos, 91.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 5, January-June, 1852" by Various
In 1856 he took second place in the first class in the Classical Tripos.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 1" by Various
In those days the Tripos examination was held in the winter, and the successful candidates got their degrees early in the Lent Term.
"Rustic Sounds and Other Studies in Literature and Natural History" by Francis Darwin
REINKE, J.: 1898, Ueber das Leuchten von Ceratium tripos.
"The Nature of Animal Light" by E. Newton Harvey
Fortunately for us, then, Darwin did not waste his time at Cambridge over the vain and frivolous pursuits of the classical tripos.
"Charles Darwin" by Grant Allen
Mr. Titlow was a native of Harleston, and was seventh Wrangler in the mathematical tripos of 1817.
"Norfolk Annals A Chronological Record of Remarkable Events in the Nineteeth Century, Vol. 2" by Charles Mackie

In poetry:

With France, fair England's mortal foe,
A trade he carried on;
Had any other done't, I trow,
To tripos he had gone.
"The Viceroy. A Ballad." by Matthew Prior

In science:

He started at Cambridge, for which he held a life-long affection, first as an undergraduate (1935-38) at Trinity College, reading the Mathematics Tripos, then as a Ph.D.
1953: An unrecognized summit in human genetic linkage analysis