from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Three, considered collectively; three in company or acting together; a set of three; three united.
  • noun A composition for three parts or three instruments.
  • noun 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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

[French, composition for three voices, from Italian : tri-, three (from Latin; see trei- in Indo-European roots) + (du)o, duet; see duo.]


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