Definition of trice noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

trice

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BrE BrE//traɪs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//traɪs//
 
 
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Word Origin late Middle English trice ‘a tug’, figuratively ‘an instant’, from Middle Dutch trīsen ‘pull sharply’, related to trīse ‘pulley’.Idioms very quickly or suddenly synonym instant (1) He was gone in a trice.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: trice