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noun,plural tri·os.
  1. a musical composition for three voices or instruments.

  2. a company of three singers or players.

  1. any group of three persons or things.

  2. 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

1715–25; <Italian, equivalent to tri-tri- + (du)otwo

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British Dictionary definitions for trio


/ (ˈtriːəʊ) /

nounplural trios
  1. a group of three people or things

  2. music

    • 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

  1. piquet three cards of the same rank

Origin of trio

C18: from Italian, ultimately from Latin trēs three; compare duo

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