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[doo-et, dyoo-] /duˈɛt, dyu-/
a musical composition for two voices or instruments.
Origin of duet
1730-40; earlier duett < Italian duetto, equivalent to du(o) duet + -etto -et
Related forms
duettist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for duet
  • For several minutes, the wolves performed a duet, whimpering as my terrier would in-between howls.
  • Finally, she lets him partner her, but their duet has a note of strangeness and difficulty.
  • Instead of amplifying or explaining the show, the visuals were a duet with the band that moved in and out of the music's path.
  • But he sings rather well, especially in a duet with himself.
  • Each pair of these endangered birds shares a unique duet, sounding back and forth in darkness.
British Dictionary definitions for duet


Also called (esp for instrumental compositions) duo. a musical composition for two performers or voices
an action or activity performed by a pair of closely connected individuals
verb duets, duetting, duetted
(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

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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