\ 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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According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple is planning to maintain its three-model lineup with a trio of new devices set to succeed the high-end iPhone XS and XS Max, as well as the mid-range iPhone XR. Time, "Apple's Biggest Event of the Year Is Nearly Upon Us," 4 Sep. 2019 There are, of course, San Jose Sharks, with a trio of hockey players who appear to be skating out the mouth of a real Great White. Sal Pizarro, The Mercury News, "Look who’s featured in this new mural celebrating SAP Center," 31 Aug. 2019 With the trio of Wilson, Cory Durden and Robert Cooper up front, Barnett feels good about FSU’s ability to pressure and sack the quarterback early and often. Chaunte'l Powell,, "FSU defense eager to unleash physical, punishing defense against Boise State," 29 Aug. 2019 The hipper businesses may be a sign of coming displacement, with a trio of residential developments planned near Barnsdall Art Park. Ethan Varian, Los Angeles Times, "Four Hours: Exploring Hollywood Boulevard, like a local," 16 Aug. 2019 Kama’iana is served in a coconut with two rums and tropical fruits ($18), while shareable cocktails ($45-$170) can dazzle a group, such as the explosive Mauna Kea Volcano Bowl with a trio of rums. Susan Bryant,, "Tiki to the limit: Esotico bar brings exotic cocktails to Miami," 15 Aug. 2019 The Glendale track and field team also made noise with a trio of athletes earning All-American honors alongside Western State Conference titles. Vincent Nguyen, Glendale News-Press, "Looking Back: Conference titles highlight 2018-2019 campaign for Glendale Community College," 9 Aug. 2019 Houstonians kicked off August in a big way with a trio of electrifying parties and shows. John-henry Perera, Houston Chronicle, "Mixer, concert and linens combine to form a fun Houston weekend (August 2 - 4)," 5 Aug. 2019 From the start, Gordon—playing with a local trio of musicians including two Americans, the pianist Irv Rochlin and the drummer Tony Inzalaco, and the Dutch bassist Henk Haverhoek—is bold, probing, and energized. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "The Inspired Sounds of a Newly Released Dexter Gordon Set," 22 July 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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