Meaning of “trio” in the English Dictionary

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"trio" in British English

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uk /ˈtriː.əʊ/ us /ˈtriː.oʊ/ plural trios

C2 [ C, + sing/pl verb ] a group of three people or things:

There was disappointment for the trio of 200 metre runners, all of whom failed to reach the final.

[ C, + sing/pl verb ] a group of three musicians or singers who perform together:

Many jazz trios consist of piano, guitar, and double bass.

[ C ] a piece of music that has been written to be performed by three people:

The final item on today's programme is Beethoven's Trio in B flat.

More examples

  • The singing trio were on tour all winter.
  • He plays in a string trio.
  • The trio of poets ran a course in Scotland.

(Definition of “trio” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"trio" in American English

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trionoun [ C ]

us /ˈtri·oʊ/ plural trios

three people who sing or play musical instruments together, or a piece of music written for three people

(Definition of “trio” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)