trio

noun
\ 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

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Little reason to expect the trio of Joe Webb, Brandon Weeden and Stephen Morris to produce much better results. 29. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Ranking NFL backup QBs by team: Who has best contingency plan?," 27 June 2018 The team lost rhythm inserting a different trio of attacking midfielders to support Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud. Graham Dunbar, chicagotribune.com, "Denmark advances at World Cup in drab 0-0 draw with France," 26 June 2018 With the 50th anniversary of the Manson murders in August of this year, Hollywood is firing on all cylinders, with a trio of films set to be released about Tate. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "The Trailer for Hilary Duff's 'The Haunting of Sharon Tate' Is Full Terror," 8 Jan. 2019 Blaser, whether in solo, duo, trio, or large-group settings, balances lyricism and warmth with a bold approach to harmonies and textures. John Adamian, courant.com, "Seven Concerts You Might Want To See (And Why)," 9 June 2018 Additionally, several of these male duos or trios will sometimes form larger, second-level alliances—some of which can last their lifetimes. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "Why Male Dolphin Buddies 'Hold Hands'," 7 June 2018 Lukewarm forecasts from the trio in the fall raised fears of a broader slowdown in growth. Akane Otani, WSJ, "Stocks Start Off 2019 With a Bang," 27 Jan. 2019 The same trio has led House Democrats for more than a decade — Pelosi, Steny Hoyer of Maryland, and Jim Clyburn of South Carolina are all running for the three top slots again. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "All the Democrats running for top spots in the House," 15 Nov. 2018 Activision will gladly take your $40 for the trio of expansions, plus the potential for more down the line. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "You can snag Destiny 2 on PC for free through November 18," 2 Nov. 2018

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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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trio

noun

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

trio

noun
\ 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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