à deux

\ (ˌ)ä-ˈdər How to pronounce à deux (audio) , -ˈdə, -ˈdœ\

Definition of à deux

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: privately or intimately with only two present dined à deux

à deux


Definition of à deux (Entry 2 of 2)

: involving two people especially in private a cozy evening à deux

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Photos: Falling in Love with a Deux Chevaux At car shows, the owner of a 1986 Citroën Deux Chevaux wears French fashions and hands out baguettes. A.j. Baime, WSJ, "That’s Amour: Falling for a Citroën Deux Chevaux," 26 June 2018 His wife fell asleep and woke up to find her husband and the third member of their ménage a trois engaged in a ménage a deux. Teresa M. Pelham, courant.com, "Kiss & Tell: Whatever Happened To That Wild And Crazy Spark?," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of à deux


1702, in the meaning defined above


1869, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for à deux


borrowed from French


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