\ ˈtrē-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce trio (audio) \
plural trios

Definition of trio

1a : 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

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Examples of trio in a Sentence

He plays in a jazz trio. the band was just a trio of musicians on piano, drums, and saxophone
Recent Examples on the Web Tampa Bay has arguably the NFL’s most dynamic trio of receivers in Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Antonio Brown. Rob Reischel, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 The Stratospheric Sale award went to a trio that had unloaded a seventy-million-dollar Bel Air estate to the Weeknd. Sheila Yasmin Marikar, The New Yorker, 11 Oct. 2021 The scenario has Kim, Aidy and Bowen in a pop trio that's introduced to a Costco exec by an intern who has a big idea for the big-box retail store. Ashley Iasimone, Billboard, 10 Oct. 2021 Heineman’s intimate camera sees this trio and other staff share intense moments of loss, frustration and heartbreak amid a constantly changing set of fears and unknowns. Tomris Laffly, Variety, 8 Oct. 2021 Though the team might still be a year away from its peak, the Stow boys have had a fair amount of success because of a trio of juniors who hold the team’s top three spots. Joe Magill, cleveland, 8 Oct. 2021 That duality drove the entire performance, whether in a particularly laborious trio sandwiched in the waltzing second movement, or in the ironic aftertaste of the bombastic third. Hannah Edgar,, 8 Oct. 2021 The new Cowboy Bebop sequence features snippets of footage from the show, including this trio of characters in action. Nick Romano,, 25 Sep. 2021 Momoa posted his own series of photos from the outing, including a trio of sweet snapshots with Clarke. Kaitlyn Frey,, 2 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of trio

circa 1724, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for trio

French, from Italian from tri- (from Latin)

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14 Oct 2021

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“Trio.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of trio

: 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


\ ˈtrē-ō How to pronounce trio (audio) \
plural trios

Kids Definition of trio

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

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