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duet

[doo-et, dyoo-] /duˈɛt, dyu-/
noun
1.
a musical composition for two voices or instruments.
Origin
1730-1740
1730-40; earlier duett < Italian duetto, equivalent to du(o) duet + -etto -et
Related forms
duettist, noun
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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 duettist

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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