\ 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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The show's trio of hairstyles—a traditional low ponytail, side ponytail slung over one shoulder, and tall top knot—were practical but quickly elevated with the slapdash fastening of a leather cuff slide secured with a long sleek pin at the base. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Prada Serves Up the Secret to Pulling Off Neon Bright Eye Makeup With Ease," 3 May 2019 New York's trio of delay-prone airports lead the pack: LaGuardia is currently seeing the most delays and cancellations, followed by JFK and Newark; Chicago O'Hare and Boston round out the top five. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Winter Storm Is Probably Going to Mess Up Your Holiday Travel," 21 Dec. 2018 In fact, the film's core trio of Sanderson women at one point expressed interest in doing a proper sequel with one another. D. Elizabeth, Glamour, "A Hocus Pocus Reunion Is Officially Happening," 27 Sep. 2018 Shaped like a pink Christmas tree, the trio of palettes contains 18 eye shadows (most of which are shimmery neutral shades) in two triangular mini palettes, and a bronzer, blush, and highlighter mini palette. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Too Faced's 2018 Holiday Makeup Collection Looks Like a Peachy Time of Year," 12 Sep. 2018 As the Pistons look to construct the roster around the trio of Blake Griffin, Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson, there is evidence Kennard will be a perfect fit. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons' Luke Kennard 'comfortable' with PG tryout," 4 July 2018 Each member of the trio snipes at the others, experiences hatred and obsession, and drives the others crazy. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Bad Times at the El Royale turns a once-glamorous hotel into purgatory, with mixed results," 3 Oct. 2018 The chart also offers a glimpse of a trio of tiny airports, such as Barra Airport in Scotland, known for its beach landings. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "This Visualization Shows Just How Busy the World's Biggest Airports Are," 20 Sep. 2018 Vo's favorite of the trio is the Lumilayer Primer Original. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Exclusive: Korean Makeup Brand VDL Is Launching in the U.S. With 3 Glass Skin–Inspired Primers," 31 July 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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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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