- a musical composition for three voices or instruments.
- a company of three singers or players.
- any group of three persons or things.
- a subordinate division of a minuet, scherzo, march, etc., usually in a contrasted key and style (perhaps originally written for three instruments or in three parts).
Origin of trio
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He drew a breath of relief as the trio emerged into the open air.
When the trio were again in the library, the captain spoke once more.
Each of the trio enjoyed them greatly, Caroline quite as much as the others.
- a group of three people or things
- a group of three singers or instrumentalists or a piece of music composed for such a group
- a subordinate section in a scherzo, minuet, etc, that is contrastive in style and often in a related key
- piquet three cards of the same rank
C18: from Italian, ultimately from Latin trēs three; compare duo
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Word Origin and History for trio
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