\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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The first half of the Major League Baseball season was dominated by a trio of American League powerhouses, and that was reflected in rosters for the 89th All-Star Game that were revealed on Sunday. Scott Boeck, USA TODAY, "MLB All-Star Game rosters: Red Sox, Astros, Yankees dominate AL; upstart Braves get 4 NL stars," 8 July 2018 The most direct impact of Crowley's loss will be on the succession plan for House Democrats, who have been led for years by a trio of septuagenarians, despite grumbling from younger members. NBC News, "Broken in two: Democrats divided after Rep. Crowley's defeat," 28 June 2018 Dan Suttles said the man was withdrawing money when he was approached by a trio of strangers. Andy Nguyen,, "Suspect arrested in $60 robbery at Glendale ATM," 5 June 2018 Dreamed up by a trio of artist-moms – Susan Westfall, Stephanie Norman and Elena Wohl – the festival is about to raise the figurative curtain on its 23rd edition. Christine Dolen, miamiherald, "Summer Shorts Festival means summer has arrived," 29 May 2018 You’ll be inspired by this trio who called B.S. on what was happening around them, pointing the finger on both money-hungry businessmen and day-tripping liberals studying them like specimens. Elisabeth Egan, Glamour, "The 17 Best Books to Read This Summer," 23 May 2018 The firearms were stolen from luggage checked on a United Airlines flight boarded by a trio of officers from Bellevue, Washington. Houston Chronicle, "Houston baggage handler admitting stealing 3 guns from traveling police," 21 May 2018 The initiative was spearheaded by a trio that includes Mike Wood of the Susitna River Coalition, who sat in the audience Thursday after driving from his home near Talkeetna for the oral arguments. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska Supreme Court weighs possibility of altering Yes for Salmon initiative before vote," 27 Apr. 2018 But the Dolphins lost a host of familiar faces during the offseason, led by a trio of Pro Bowl performers — center Mike Pouncey (Los Angeles Chargers), defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (Los Angeles Rams) and slot receiver Jarvis Landry (Cleveland). Chris Perkins,, "Miami Dolphins select Minkah Fitzpatrick with No. 11 pick in NFL draft," 27 Apr. 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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