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/ ˈtri oʊ /
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noun, plural tri·os.

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).

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Origin of trio

1715–25; <Italian, equivalent to tri-tri- + (du)otwo
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British Dictionary definitions for trio

trio
/ (ˈtriːəʊ) /

noun plural trios

a group of three people or things
music
  1. a group of three singers or instrumentalists or a piece of music composed for such a group
  2. 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

Word Origin for trio

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