Hypertext Webster Gateway: "trio"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Trio \Tri"o\, n. [It., fr. L. tres, tria, three: cf. F. trio,
from the Italian. See {Three}.]
1. Three, considered collectively; three in company or acting
together; a set of three; three united.

The trio were well accustomed to act together, and
were linked to each other by ties of mutual
interest. --Dickens.

2. (Mus.)
(a) A composition for three parts or three instruments.
(b) 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 WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 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},
5: three people considered as a unit [syn: {threesome}, {triad},

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