Definition of quintuple in English:



  • 1[attributive] Consisting of five parts or things.

    • ‘To add to the usual litany of woes that go with ageing, he's had a quintuple heart bypass.’
    • ‘Ministers, who will formally announce the plan tomorrow, insist the quintuple jab is safe, and a positive development for parents because it replaces the whooping cough vaccine, which contained mercury.’
    • ‘Jenkins' heart attack was caused by five blocked arteries, which required her to have quintuple bypass surgery.’
    • ‘Some doctors feared the confusion could lead to concern that the public might turn against the quintuple jab, despite universal agreement that it is an improvement on earlier vaccines.’
    • ‘In October 2002 he had a heart attack and then quintuple bypass surgery, which he links to the stress of the long dispute.’
    1. 1.1Five times as much or as many.
      • ‘The thing about being independent is that all the profits are quadruple, quintuple what someone on a major label would make.’
    2. 1.2(of time in music) having five beats in a bar.
      • ‘His Arraché is a technically challenging piece that ends in a quintuple fugue, demanding the sort of concentration that had wavered during rehearsal the day before.’


  • Increase or cause to increase fivefold.

    • ‘Public transport patronage in Sydney and Melbourne more than quintupled between 1890 and 1930 but slumped in the 1930s.’
    • ‘But that particular investment eventually allowed them to quintuple their production.’
    • ‘In the same time period, the number of web pages swelled from 500 million to 3 to 8 billion, and the number of searches quintupled from 100 to 500 million.’
    • ‘For example, from 1933 to 1945 the number of union members quintupled, from under 3 million to 15 million.’
    • ‘Indeed, during the past decade, the number of publications related to cognition and schizophrenia quintupled from 50 to more than 250.’
    • ‘Revenues nearly tripled over that period, and profits quintupled.’
    • ‘Between 1859 and 1876, the number of pickpockets brought to trial by the district attorney nearly quintupled, increasing from 52 to 242.’
    • ‘The company's expansion is part of a larger plan, announced earlier this month, to quintuple annual capacity to 350,000 units.’
    • ‘The company's share price has quintupled in five years.’
    • ‘Over the past decade, he turned a niche-player company into one of the drug industry's top performers - nearly quintupling its market value between 1996 and 2000.’
    • ‘In the last month natural gas prices in Britain have more than quintupled.’
    • ‘We should have quintupled the size of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and really ferreted out the evil of discrimination in our society.’
    • ‘When Confederates attacked Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, President Abraham Lincoln responded by immediately quintupling the size of the U.S. Army, calling for 75,000 volunteers to put down the rebellion.’
    • ‘Private enterprise has flourished, individuals have greater freedom in deciding where they live and work, and per capita income has quintupled.’
    • ‘We might even triple or quintuple our initial outlay in the process.’
    • ‘And, in the four decades after that, prices quintupled.’
    • ‘The available data on the growth of the global human population indicates that it has quintupled since the early 1800s, and is expected to grow from 6 billion in 1999 to 10 billion in 2050.’
    • ‘All in all he quintupled the number of known pulsars in that particular sector of the sky.’
    • ‘Now it's quintupling in size and expanding to three meals a day.’
    • ‘Thanks to a cost-effective, flexible product line and sales partnerships with affinity-marketing companies, this business has quintupled its sales since 1997.’


  • A fivefold number or amount; a set of five.


Late 16th century: via French from medieval Latin quintuplus, from Latin quintus fifth + -plus as in duplus (see duple).