plural trios
: a musical composition for three voice parts or three instruments
: the secondary or episodic division of a minuet or scherzo, a march, or of various dance forms
: the performers of a musical or dance trio
: a group or set of three

Example Sentences

He plays in a jazz trio. the band was just a trio of musicians on piano, drums, and saxophone
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Word History


French, from Italian from tri- (from Latin)

First Known Use

circa 1724, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of trio was circa 1724

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Cite this Entry

“Trio.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


plural trios
: a musical composition for three voices or instruments
: the performers of a musical trio
: a group or set of three

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