du·​et | \dü-ˈet also dyü- \

Definition of duet 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a composition for two performers


duetted or dueted; duetting or dueting

Definition of duet (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to perform a duet

Examples of duet in a Sentence


They sang the duet beautifully. a piano and flute duet

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Will Lovato do an on-stage duet with her opening act, DJ Khaled? George Varga, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Demi Lovato will open her 'Tell Me You Love Me' tour' Monday at SDSU," 22 Feb. 2018 While some TikTok users have used it to stage their own karaoke sessions, taking on the duet with other TikTok Overwatch aficionados, others have abused the tool to make fun of the people who are participating in the meme. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Reaction to TikTok’s Overwatch meme misses the original video’s intention," 2 Nov. 2018 Dance solos, duets and larger ensembles melt in and out of each other. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "Review: At BalletX, a New Work Alive With Suspense and Surrealism," 13 July 2018 At times, the movement was a bit busy, particularly when McNicol tried to highlight a solo or duet among the group. Ellen Dunkel, Philly.com, "BalletX heats up the summer with 3 premieres and live music," 12 July 2018 Both have several opportunities to shine during solos, duets and group numbers. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, "REVIEW: 'Mamma Mia!' at Moonlight is guaranteed fun," 20 June 2018 Russian musicians featured heavily, from harpist and composer Alexander Boldachev to pianist Daniil Trifonov and Garifullina, who performed a duet with Williams. CNN, "Robbie Williams and Ronaldo kick off World Cup 2018," 14 June 2018 Keep your fingers crossed for another duet during the battle rounds! Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "See the Exact Moment 'The Voice' Contestant Kennedy Holmes Says She Knew She Wanted to Sing," 15 Oct. 2018 Bryan took the stage later to sing his latest single Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset with Barrett, while Perry teamed up with spunky finalist Catie Turner for a heartfelt duet of the pop star's Part of Me. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "'American Idol': And the winner is ...," 21 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Not one to shy away from collaborations with younger guns, Guy brought on British singer/songwriter James Bay to duet on this soulful slow-jam. Abby Jones, Billboard, "Buddy Guy & James Bay Are 'Blue No More' on Slow-Jamming New Single: Listen," 1 June 2018 So far, Young has been in conversation with pal (and duet partner) Cassadee Pope about getting together with her beloved French bulldog, Cuppy. Nancy Kruh, PEOPLE.com, "Meet Chris Young's Adorable Puppy, Porter: 'He Might Lick You to Death!'," 8 May 2018 Clarkson will duet with mother-in-law Reba McEntire, who is hosting the show at 8 p.m. Sunday on CBS. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Kelly Clarkson, Reba duet on ACM Awards," 11 Apr. 2018 On the Monday show, at 8 p.m., those 12 will duet with celebrity guests. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "'American Idol': Orlando singer set for April 15 show," 4 Apr. 2018 Is recreating the Top Gun duet part of his plan to gradually re-assimilate to society? Chelsea Peng, Marie Claire, "Tom Cruise Lip Syncs "Can't Feel My Face," Crushes Jimmy Fallon," 28 July 2015 Matt Lauer, of course, dressed in drag as Dolly Parton to duet with Savannah Guthrie's Willie Nelson. Megan Armstrong, Billboard, "'Good Morning America' Anchors Transform Into Superheroes, 'Today Show' Goes Country For Halloween," 31 Oct. 2017 Singers can choose to duet with a partnering pop star (or, say, Maui), use audio filters and pitch correction during a performance, and record the song and share it on social media. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Exclusive: 'Moana' fans can duet with The Rock on Smule's karoake app," 4 Oct. 2017 Ariana and Chris confirmed their intentions to duet on the song back in early spring, with rehearsals and studio time and lots of promotion that whipped both of their respective fandoms into quite a state. Alex Rees, Cosmopolitan, "Chris Brown and Ariana Grande's Music Video Is Here, and It's a Dark Fairytale Romance," 14 Sep. 2014

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First Known Use of duet


circa 1735, in the meaning defined above


1822, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for duet


Italian duetto, diminutive of duo duo

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English Language Learners Definition of duet

: a piece of music that is performed by two singers or musicians


du·​et | \dü-ˈet, dyü-\

Kids Definition of duet

1 : a piece of music for two performers

2 : two people performing music together

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a knickknack or trinket

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