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pas de deux

[French pahduh dœ] /French pɑdə ˈdœ/
noun, plural pas de deux. Ballet.
a dance by two persons.
(in classical ballet) a set dance for a ballerina and a danseur noble, consisting typically of an entrée, an adagio, a variation for each dancer, and a coda.
Origin of pas de deux
1755-65; < French: literally, step for two Unabridged
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  • These two lovers then express in a pas-de-deux, their mutual satisfaction.

    A Treatise on the Art of Dancing Giovanni-Andrea Gallini
  • Then handing you backwards to the top of the stage, you will begin gaily a pas-de-deux, or Duet dance.

    A Treatise on the Art of Dancing Giovanni-Andrea Gallini
  • After she had finished the pas-de-deux, she made all the other figures a sign to begin a general dance.

    Faustus Friedrich Maximilian von Klinger
British Dictionary definitions for pas-de-deux

pas de deux

/French pɑddø/
noun (pl) pas de deux
(ballet) a sequence for two dancers
Word Origin
French: step for two
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