\ 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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Cole is the leader of The Undisputed Era, which includes a trio of other talented stars in Kyle O’Reilly, Bobby Fish and Roderick Strong. Justin Barrasso,, "Adam Cole on NXT’s Live TV Debut: ‘This Is the Exact Moment I’ve Dreamed Of’," 17 Sep. 2019 Cousin consists of Johnson, Rob Milton and Bri Hightower—a trio of talent seamlessly blending R&B, soul and gospel music. Sydney Scott, Essence, "From FKA Twigs To Lucky Daye: Here's Our Favorite New Music Of The Week," 14 Sep. 2019 The film, about a trio of female surfers, gave Bosworth her breakout role. Dave Quinn,, "Kate Bosworth Reveals She 'Tanked' Her Audition for 2002's Spider-Man: 'I Was Really Nervous'," 13 Sep. 2019 Exposed brickwork, a trio of dormers and a covered front porch lend classic curb appeal to the two-story. La Cañada Valley Sun, "Actors Topher and Ashley Grace buy in La Cañada Flintridge," 13 Sep. 2019 The quarterback for the No. 6-ranked Cardinals threw a trio of touchdown passes in a 30-27 triumph at Placer, none more important than the game-winner in the final seconds — a 2-yard TD pass to Tsion Nunnally. Phil Jensen, The Mercury News, "Bay Area Preps HQ: This Week’s Stars," 10 Sep. 2019 The decision was a complete betrayal of Nassar survivors, a trio of survivors who had been working with the board said Monday. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "Nassar survivors: MSU president must act after 'complete betrayal' from board members," 9 Sep. 2019 As a trio of scientists from Ohio’s Oberlin College reports in the journal PLoS One, eastern grays rely on the cadences of everyday bird calls to sense whether threats have passed. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Squirrels Eavesdrop on Birds to Check If Danger Has Passed," 6 Sep. 2019 Other big methane emitters include a trio of West Virginia mines owned by Ohio Valley Resources, a subsidiary of the coal giant Murray Energy. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Who are the biggest U.S. methane emitters?," 30 Aug. 2019

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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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