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

Check out the best reactions to the possibility of a Zaynlena duet below! Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "Selena Gomez & Zayn Rumored to be Collabing on Song for "Aladdin" and Fans Are FREAKING OUT," 24 Jan. 2018 The show will also feature a duet performance from Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato. Zoe Szathmary, Fox News, "Billboard Music Awards nominees, performers and everything else you need to know," 16 May 2018 Singer builds on YouTube success of duet 'Hear Me Now' with Bad Wolves. Mick Stingley, Billboard, "Rocker Diamante 'Coming in Hot' With Debut Album," 15 June 2018 Murphy and Picerno command the stage independently and have just enough chemistry to drive home their lovey-dovey duets. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, ""Love Never Dies" Brings The Phantom Of The Opera Back To Life At The Bushnell," 30 May 2018 During her epic, two-hour set, Beyoncé performed songs spanning her entire career, including duets with husband Jay-Z, sister Solange Knowles, and her former bandmates from Destiny's Child. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Beyoncé Pulled Off a Nail Change in the Middle of Her Coachella Set and People Can't Deal," 16 Apr. 2018 The singer will also perform a duet with Kelly Clarkson, who just so happens to be married to Brandon Blackstock, son of Reba's ex. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "How Reba McEntire Found Love With Anthony 'Skeeter' Lasuzzo Following Her Divorce From Narvel Blackstock," 13 Apr. 2018 The leader grunts and grinds out his own sinister version of the same song, their discordant duet joined remotely by the woman’s ex-husband in the Foreign Legion, also now a seasoned killer and a fair-to-middling baritone. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "Treatments," 24 Mar. 2018 Ariana Grande has found her perfect duet partner in fiancé Pete Davidson. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Karaoke Cuties: Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson Perform Evanescence Duet at Her Birthday Party," 27 June 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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