Definition of duet in English:


Syllabification: du·et
Pronunciation: /d(y)o͞oˈet


  • 1A performance by two people, especially singers, instrumentalists, or dancers.
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    • The stage is fully lit throughout the first four movements but darkened for the fifth and final movement in which the dancers perform a love duet encircled by strong beams of light.
    • On Tuesday the 24-year-old pianist and singer is set to perform a showpiece duet with highly regarded folk singer Katie Melua at the Brit's ceremony at London's Earl's Court.
    • The organisers of the Brit Awards are hoping that U2 frontman Bono and Boomtown Rat Bob Geldof might perform a duet as a finale.
  • 1.1A musical composition for two performers.
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    • He also composed masses, motets, cantatas, duets, and songs.
    • The lyrical charm of the duet between violin and cello in the third movement has a typical arpeggio background from the piano.
    • The libretto gives plenty of scope for choruses, trios, duets and solos.

verb (duets, duetting, duetted)

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  • Perform a duet.
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    • Her guitarist had only a week to learn the chords, but they duetted wonderfully.
    • That Presley should consent to appear on TV dressed in a tuxedo, swapping songs, and duetting with Sinatra would have been inconceivable a few years earlier.
    • Their profile has risen so quickly since then that they are currently fighting off offers from major labels; recently, they duetted live with David Byrne on a Talking Heads song.



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  • He appeared at Carnegie Hall as duettist and soloist and composed the Mars Ballet for his wife, the choreographer Albertina Rasch.
  • This work is a superb addition for duettists looking for music with a multicultural flavor.
  • Vanessa and Caroline Sadlier and two classically trained sopranos from Viewmount, Waterford. and are well known soloists and duettists in concerts, recitals and functions.


mid 18th century: from Italian duetto, diminutive of duo 'duet', from Latin duo 'two'.

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