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duet

[doo-et, dyoo-] /duˈɛt, dyu-/
noun
1.
a musical composition for two voices or instruments.
Origin of duet
1730-1740
1730-40; earlier duett < Italian duetto, equivalent to du(o) duet + -etto -et
Related forms
duettist, noun
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  • She listened with keen and critical enjoyment, recalling how Malibran gave this note, how Grisi and Mario sang that duet.

    Julia Ward Howe Laura E. Richards
  • Two girls played a duet on a piano and played it rather badly.

    Mixed Faces Roy Norton
  • Musical readers will remember that melody and accompaniment are used again in the duet Sonata in G major.

  • If you like that kind of music, you should hear their duet about breakfast time.

    Reels and Spindles Evelyn Raymond
  • The climax of the performance was to be a duet, to be sung by the great Roger and a diva who was past her youth.

British Dictionary definitions for duet

duet

/djuːˈɛt/
noun
1.
Also called (esp for instrumental compositions) duo. a musical composition for two performers or voices
2.
an action or activity performed by a pair of closely connected individuals
verb duets, duetting, duetted
3.
(intransitive) to perform a duet
Derived Forms
duettist, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Italian duetto a little duet, from duo duet, from Latin: two
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Word Origin and History for duet
n.

1740, from French duet, from Italian duetto "short musical composition for two voices," diminutive of duo "two" (see two). As a verb, from 1822. The Italian form of the noun was used in English from c.1724.

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