\ˈtrē-(ˌ)ō \
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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Typically, a trio of meats is used: pork, lamb and beef. Catherine M. Allchin, The Seattle Times, "Packed with flavor and prettily potted, the traditional Alsatian stew baeckeoffe is rich wintertime comfort," 11 Dec. 2018 Founded in 1970 by a trio of Swiss art dealers — Trudi Bruckner, Balz Hilt, and Ernst Beyeler — Art Basel was an attempt to replicate the success of the burgeoning art fair scene. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "Parties, private jets, and multimillion-dollar paintings: Art Basel, explained," 6 Dec. 2018 The seven-stamp issue also includes a 2004 photo of the trio and a candid snap of Charles hugging Camilla. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Charles' Birthday Stamps Feature New Photos of Prince Harry & Prince William," 10 Nov. 2018 Jeffree, Manny, and Laura were known to their fans as a trio and were often seen on social media spending time together but that soon changed after Laura and Manny allegedly turned on Jeffree and joined forces with Gabriel. Teryn Payne, Teen Vogue, "Everything to Know About the Drama Between Jeffree Star, Manny MUA, Gabriel Zamora, and Laura Lee," 28 Aug. 2018 Belgium's potent attack is a mixture of speed, skill and strength, with Napoli forward Dries Mertens completing the trio and with midfielder Kevin De Bruyne feeding them clean passes. Jerome Pugmire,, "Hazard: 'it's time to shine' after Ronaldo, Messi eliminations," 1 July 2018 At one point in the show, the female backing trio and female musicians changed into red tartan miniskirts. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, "Rod Stewart Announces New Album, Proves He's 'Forever Young' at Hollywood Bowl," 27 June 2018 June 29 and perform June 30 with a piano trio and July 1 in a master class. Richard Chang,, "Musicians, music educators and students to converge in Garden Grove," 21 June 2018 During the Indianapolis convention, Democrats also approved three candidates to run against a Republican trio of incumbent women. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana Democrats target GOP marriage platform, focus on unity at state convention," 16 June 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 \
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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