noun \ˈtrē-(ˌ)ō\

: a group of three singers or musicians who perform together; also : a piece of music for such a group

: a group or three people or things

plural tri·os

Full Definition of TRIO

a :  a musical composition for three voice parts or three instruments
b :  the secondary or episodic division of a minuet or scherzo, a march, or of various dance forms
:  the performers of a musical or dance trio
:  a group or set of three

Examples of TRIO

  1. He plays in a jazz trio.
  2. <the band was just a trio of musicians on piano, drums, and saxophone>

Origin of TRIO

French, from Italian, from tri- (from Latin)
First Known Use: circa 1724

Rhymes with TRIO


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