Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A group of three dramatic or literary works related in subject or theme.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A set of three works of art that are connected, and that can be seen either as a single work or as three individual works. They are commonly found in literature, film, or video games.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A series of three dramas which, although each of them is in one sense complete, have a close mutual relation, and form one historical and poetical picture. Shakespeare's “ Henry VI.” is an example.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Originally, in the Greek drama, a series of three tragedies, each forming a complete part or stage in a historical or poetical narrative; hence, any literary, dramatic, or operatic work consisting of a sequence of three parts, each complete and independent save in its relation to the general theme.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a set of three literary or dramatic works related in subject or theme

Etymologies

Greek trilogiā, series of three related tragedies : tri-, tri- + logos, word, saying; see -logy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin & New Latin trilogia, from Ancient Greek τρεῖς (treis, "three") + λόγος (logos, "story, account"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Here's what the Ronin trilogy is about (from Travis's website):

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  • Book 1 of the trilogy is already available in the UK and is set to be released shortly in the US through Dial Books, a division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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  • Overall, the trilogy is a fantastic piece of storytelling.

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  • I strongly recommend His Dark Materials as reading material for everyone, but I add the warning that this final book in the trilogy is the one to cause the strongest reaction, whether good or bad.

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  • But it makes sense if the trilogy is about her gradually sorting herself out.

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  • Though the trilogy is a fantasy, Somber Kitty never gets special powers or becomes a metasupercat.

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  • I know that many consider it young adult fiction, but Le Guin's original Earthsea trilogy is the first thing that comes to mind.

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  • No doubt the trilogy is an important contribution to world literature.

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  • Sometimes they must fight to defend themselves or to keep possession of the ring, but mostly the trilogy is an unfolding, a quest, a journey, told in an elevated, archaic, romantic prose style that tests our capacity for the declarative voice.

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  • Mr. BRANCH: no, I think that what haunted him toward the end of his life, and you hear it in his last speeches, was that he had thought the movement reached this great moment after Selma when the whole world would realize the potential of nonviolence to refine democracy, both at home and abroad and deal with economic issues, what he called the trilogy of poverty, racism and war, and then fatigue, the hardened atmosphere of the Vietnam War and riots and people's impatience and Black Power ambushed that moment in history and made him feel that he had lost people's attention at a time of great potential.

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