à deux

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

Definition of à deux

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: privately or intimately with only two present dined à deux

à deux

adjective

Definition of à deux (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Examples of à deux in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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, 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, 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of à deux

Adverb

1702, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1869, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for à deux

Adverb

borrowed from French

Adjective

after à deux entry 1

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The first known use of à deux was in 1702

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“à deux.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/%C3%A0%20deux. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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