A university examination of questionists, for honors; also, a tripos paper; one who prepares a tripos paper.
This is the way a Cambridge degree course is organised. In most cases the Tripos is divided into two parts; the first part taken is at the end of the first or second year and the second part at the end of the third (or sometimes fourth) year.
A University examination leading to a B.A. Honours degree. From the three-legged stool used during the medieval form of examination - an oral debate to defend a proposition. The Trivium
Strictly these are the examinations which you sit in a particular subject (Tripos Examinations), but ‘tripos' is often used to mean the whole course. So people talk about ‘the English Tripos' or ‘the Natural Sciences Tripos'.