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trio

[tree-oh] /ˈtri oʊ/
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
1715-1725
1715-25; < Italian, equivalent to tri- tri- + (du)o two
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British Dictionary definitions for trios

trio

/ˈtriːəʊ/
noun (pl) trios
1.
a group of three people or things
2.
(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
3.
(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 trios

trio

n.

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

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Encyclopedia Article for trios

trio

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

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