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

  • n. Music A composition for three voices or three instruments.
  • n. Music A group of three singers or three instrumentalists.
  • n. Music The middle, contrasting section of a minuet, scherzo, march, or various other forms.
  • n. A group of three.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A group of three people or things.
  • n. A group of three musicians.
  • n. A piece of music written for three musicians.
  • n. A passage in the middle of a minuet, frequently in a different key.
  • n. Any cocktail made with a spirit, a liqueur, and a creamy ingredient.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Three, considered collectively; three in company or acting together; a set of three; three united.
  • n.
  • n. A composition for three parts or three instruments.
  • n. The secondary, or episodical, movement of a minuet or scherzo, as in a sonata or symphony, or of a march, or of various dance forms; -- not limited to three parts or instruments.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In music, a composition or movement for three solo parts, either vocal or instrumental, usually without accompaniment.
  • n. A company of three vocalists or instrumentalists who perform trios.
  • n. A group, combination, or association of three.
  • n. In the game of piquet, three aces, kings, queens, or knaves, held in one hand: a counting combination of cards.

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

  • n. the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and one
  • n. three performers or singers who perform together
  • n. a musical composition for three performers
  • n. a set of three similar things considered as a unit
  • n. three people considered as a unit

Etymologies

French, composition for three voices, from Italian : tri-, three (from Latin; see trei- in Indo-European roots) + (du)o, duet; see duo.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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