trio

[tree-oh]
noun, plural trios.
1.
a musical composition for three voices or instruments.
2.
a company of three singers or players.
3.
any group of three persons or things.
4.
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:
1715–25; < Italian, equivalent to tri- tri- + (du)o two

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trio (ˈtriːəʊ)
 
n , pl trios
1.  a group of three people or things
2.  music
 a.  a group of three singers or instrumentalists or a piece of music composed for such a group
 b.  a subordinate section in a scherzo, minuet, etc, that is contrastive in style and often in a related key
3.  piquet three cards of the same rank
 
[C18: from Italian, ultimately from Latin trēs three; compare duo]

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trio
1724, from Fr. trio (c.1600), from It. trio, from tri- "three;" patterned on duo.
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TRIO
Transplant Recipients International Organization
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trio

a musical composition for three instruments or voices, or a group of three performers.

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