\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web In a season opener in which 13 Maryland men’s basketball players got on the court, a trio of upperclassmen led the group in reassuring fashion. Daniel Oyefusi,, "Three takeaways from Maryland basketball’s 85-67 season-opening win over Old Dominion," 26 Nov. 2020 Jones' trio of runs of 30+ yards this season equal the output of Ravens counterpart Lamar Jackson. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "32 things we learned from Week 10 of the 2020 NFL season," 16 Nov. 2020 Phillips theatrically tries to entice her dearest Jerry with this song as a trio of singers appear almost magically in Jeronicus’ pawn shop to provide background vocals while Ms. J sings endless runs. Ariana Brockington,, "Every New Holiday Song From Jingle Jangle, From Catchy Tunes To Instant Classics," 13 Nov. 2020 This trio of lipsticks in Pretty in Pink, Nude LaLa and Dope Taupe offer a shade for all occasions — and for a range of skin tones. Krystin Arneson, CNN Underscored, "Oprah’s Favorite Things have arrived on Amazon: Shop the giftable list now," 11 Nov. 2020 Late in 2019, a trio of American senators insisted international firms halt work on a controversial natural gas pipeline linking Russia and Germany. Lenora Chu, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why a Russo-German pipeline is a potential US sanctions battleground," 9 Nov. 2020 That focus makes this an actor’s picture, with a trio of English actors tackling working-class American dreamers, to remarkable results. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Max Winkler’s boxing road movie ‘Jungleland’ packs a punch," 5 Nov. 2020 Companies that offer online sports gambling rallied Wednesday morning after a trio of states voted in favor of ballot measures aimed at legalizing sports betting and other gaming expansion. Bailey Lipschultz,, "Sports Betting Stocks Rally After States Back Legalization," 4 Nov. 2020 And Biden’s clearest path to clinching a majority of electoral college votes remained in sight: A trio of Rust Belt states that both campaigns had prioritized. Anchorage Daily News, "Key states are still too close to call as election results may take days," 4 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of trio was circa 1724

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30 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Trio.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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How to pronounce trio (audio)

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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