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[tree-oh] /ˈtri oʊ/
noun, plural trios.
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
1715-25; < Italian, equivalent to tri- tri- + (du)o two Unabridged
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  • Faithful companions who help us find our way in the world-and into a trio of happy endings.
  • Examination under a high-powered microscope revealed a trio of narrow grooves cut into the fragile wax.
  • It's of course worth mentioning that any errors there are my own rather than those of the fabulous trio of workshop leaders.
  • But a trio of scientists has created a set of tools that might help scholars find their way around.
  • It would be wildly expensive-requiring a trio of cows-and demand many acres of land.
  • The swimmer lifts his towel to gain time, wondering about the strange, expectant trio that watches him.
  • So when the trio releases a recording, it's in order, it's never been mixed up.
  • There was the crowd-pleasing trio of marching bands, gospel choirs, and acrobats.
  • His alarm calls drew the other two back to the day area, where the trio spent the night.
  • The trio designed an experiment that allowed them to see, for the first time, how migratory songbirds behave in the wild.
British Dictionary definitions for trio


noun (pl) trios
a group of three people or things
  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
C18: from Italian, ultimately from Latin trēs three; compare duo
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Word Origin and History for trio

1724, from French trio (c.1600), from Italian trio, from tri- "three" (see three); patterned on duo.

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