trio

noun \ ˈtrē-(ˌ)ō \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

Definition of trio

plural trios
1 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
2 : the performers of a musical or dance trio
3 : a group or set of three

Examples of trio in a Sentence

  1. He plays in a jazz trio.

  2. the band was just a trio of musicians on piano, drums, and saxophone

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Origin and Etymology of trio

French, from Italian from tri- (from Latin)


TRIO Defined for English Language Learners

trio

noun

Definition of trio for English Language Learners

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

  • : a group of three people or things


TRIO Defined for Kids

trio

noun \ ˈtrē-ō \

Definition of trio for Students

plural trios
1 : a group or set of three
2 : a group of three musicians who perform together


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