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[tril-uh-jee] /ˈtrɪl ə dʒi/
noun, plural trilogies.
a series or group of three plays, novels, operas, etc., that, although individually complete, are closely related in theme, sequence, or the like.
(in ancient Greek drama) a series of three complete and usually related tragedies performed at the festival of Dionysus and forming a tetralogy with the satyr play.
a group of three related things.
Origin of trilogy
From the Greek word trilogía, dating back to 1655-65. See tri-, -logy Unabridged
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  • The first three books under this heading form some sort of a trilogy, and have a definite air of consequence.

    H. G. Wells J. D. Beresford
  • Taking the trilogy as a whole, one will find that it is essentially symbolical.

  • Nor have I, the humblest person in the trilogy, yet suffered.

    'I Believe' and other essays Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • His second trilogy of books was his most artistic gift to French literature.

    Egoists James Huneker
  • It appears that the titles of the three dramas composing the trilogy were taken from the Chorus.

British Dictionary definitions for trilogy


noun (pl) -gies
a series of three related works, esp in literature, etc
(in ancient Greece) a series of three tragedies performed together at the Dionysian festivals
Word Origin
C19: from Greek trilogia; see tri-, -logy
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Word Origin and History for trilogy

"any series of three related works," 1660s, from Greek trilogia "series of three related tragedies performed at Athens at the festival of Dionysus," from tri- "three" (see three) + logos "story" (see logos).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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