AskDefine | Define trio

Dictionary Definition



1 the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and one [syn: three, 3, III, threesome, tierce, leash, troika, triad, trine, trinity, ternary, ternion, triplet, tercet, terzetto, trey, deuce-ace]
2 a musical composition for three performers
3 three performers or singers who perform together
4 a set of three similar things considered as a unit [syn: triad, triplet]
5 three people considered as a unit [syn: threesome, triad, trinity]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • italbrac RP /ˈtriəʊ/
  • italbrac US /ˈtrioʊ/
  • Rhymes: -iəʊ


  1. A group of three people or things, especially musicians.
  2. In the context of "music": A piece of music written for three musicians.
  3. In the context of "music": A passage in the middle of a minuet, frequently in a different key.

See also



  1. trio, threesome
  2. trio
  3. (baby carriage system) travel system

Related terms

Extensive Definition

A trio is a group of three identical or similar objects, or a grouping of three persons for a common purpose. (See tuple for alternative names.)
In music
In other entertainment:
Other uses:

See also

trio in Arabic: ثلاثي (موسيقى)
trio in Czech: Trio
trio in Danish: Trio
trio in German: Trio
trio in French: Trio (homonymie)
trio in Korean: 트리오
trio in Indonesian: Trio
trio in Dutch: Trio
trio in Japanese: トリオ
trio in Norwegian: Trio
trio in Polish: Trio
trio in Finnish: Trio
trio in Swedish: Trio

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

German band, Nachtmusik, Philharmonic, absolute music, adaptation, air varie, aleatory, aleatory music, arrangement, band, big band, bipartisanship, brass, brass band, brass choir, brass quintet, brass section, brasses, callithumpian band, chamber music, chamber orchestra, clover, coaction, coadjuvancy, coadministration, coagency, cochairmanship, codirectorship, collaboration, collaborativeness, collectivism, collusion, combo, commensalism, common effort, common enterprise, communalism, communism, communitarianism, community, complicity, composition, concert, concert band, concord, concordance, concurrence, cooperation, cooperativeness, descant, desks, deuce-ace, dixieland band, duet, duettino, duo, duumvirate, ecumenicalism, ecumenicism, ecumenism, electronic music, ensemble, ensemble music, ensemble singing, esprit, esprit de corps, etude, exercise, fellow feeling, fellowship, gamelan orchestra, group, harmonization, harmony, incidental music, instrumental music, invention, jazz band, joining of forces, joint effort, joint operation, jug band, leash, mass action, military band, morale, mutual assistance, mutualism, mutuality, nocturne, octet, opus, orchestra, orchestration, part music, part singing, part song, piece, polyphonic music, pooling, pooling of resources, production, program music, pulling together, quartet, quintet, ragtime band, reciprocity, ricercar, rock-and-roll group, score, septet, septuor, sestet, set of three, sextet, shamrock, skiffle band, solidarity, sonata, sonatina, steel band, street band, string band, string choir, string orchestra, string quartet, strings, study, swing band, symbiosis, symphony, symphony orchestra, synergism, synergy, team spirit, teamwork, tercet, ternary, ternion, terzet, terzetto, theme and variations, three, threesome, tierce, trefoil, trey, triad, trialogue, triangle, tricorn, trident, triennium, trihedron, trilogy, trimester, trine, trinity, trinomial, triphthong, triple, triple crown, triple threat, triplet, triplex, triplopy, tripod, triptych, trireme, triseme, triskelion, trisul, triumvirate, triune, triunity, trivet, troika, united action, variation, waits, woodwind, woodwind choir, woodwind quartet, woodwinds, work
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