\ 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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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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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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