du·​et | \ dü-ˈet How to pronounce duet (audio) 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

Noun They sang the duet beautifully. a piano and flute duet
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The national anthem was performed as a duet between a country-music singer and an R. & B. star. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "The Story on Sunday Was Tom Brady, but the Super Bowl Was Won with Defense," 8 Feb. 2021 Anyway, written by Jem Finer and Shane MacGowan, and performed as a duet between MacGowan and Kirsty MacColl, the song explores the darker side to some experiences of the modern Irish diaspora in New York. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "A Christmas Playlist," 25 Dec. 2020 Wiig is the nurse on stage, who selects Bowen Yang for a saucy duet. Andy Hoglund, EW.com, "Saturday Night Live recap: Kristen Wiig returns to host last show of 2020," 20 Dec. 2020 The nurse’s original TikTok video was deleted, along with her account, but a duet of her video with a side-by-side reaction by another user remained on the app. oregonlive, "Oregon nurse who posted video flouting COVID-19 rules agrees to stop practicing, is no longer employed by Salem Health," 8 Dec. 2020 To close Wednesday's show, Estefan, with her daughter on the piano, performed the tune as a duet. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "'Mayhem': Gloria Estefan remembers the 1990 bus accident that broke her back," 11 Nov. 2020 The program includes songs from Underwood’s first Christmas album and a duet with John Legend (HBO Max). Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Christmas specials, ‘The Undoing’ top this week’s TV picks," 29 Nov. 2020 The program includes songs from Underwood’s first Christmas album and a duet with John Legend (HBO Max). Chuck Barney, Detroit Free Press, "TV highlights for the week of Nov. 29-Dec. 5," 28 Nov. 2020 Bassett made his songwriting debut last season with a romantic duet with his onscreen love interest, Rodrigo. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, "Watch the festive trailer for ‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Holiday Special’," 18 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The rules of #MakeItVogue were simple: simply duet our TikTok with the original audio, and create your very own bustle at home, using the hashtag. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "These Are the Best #MakeItVogue TikToks," 17 Dec. 2020 This week, duet our TikTok using the original audio, and create your very own bustle at home, using the hashtag #MakeItVogue. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Vogue Invites You to Try Out a 19th-Century Look on TikTok," 7 Dec. 2020 Impressed with his work, Corden invited the entrepreneur onto his show to create a new Thanksgiving musical, in which the late-night host would duet with him. Ruth Kinane, EW.com, "Watch James Corden, Patti LuPone, Kristin Chenoweth, and more perform Thanksgiving: The TikTok Musical," 25 Nov. 2020 One important skeptic popped up not long after the Fauci and Sills duet: Los Angeles Rams Coach Sean McVay. Christine Brennan, USA TODAY, "Opinion: It's hard to see NFL, college football being played as usual this fall," 18 June 2020 Then, Bart Johnson, who played Coach Bolton in the movies, joined in, dueting with Ashley and performing the dance moves along side her while wearing an East High sweatshirt. 'Let’s GOOOO TikTok!! Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Ashley Tisdale Started a "High School Musical" TikTok Trend and Other Stars From the Movie Are Joining In," 18 Mar. 2020 Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani will duet at the show this year, marking their first Grammy performance together. Marianne Garvey, CNN, "The list of Grammy performers keeps on growing," 20 Jan. 2020 The host is at home for Christmas, only for a score of celebrities to pay a visit to duet on a song, the musical interludes punctuated by somewhat awkward comedy skits. The Economist, "Can the Christmas variety and music show adapt to the 21st century?," 29 Nov. 2019 The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show will be a variety special in which the popular country star will duet with tons of celebrity friends on classic Christmas carols. Christian Holub, EW.com, "Kacey Musgraves announces star-studded Christmas special," 4 Nov. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'duet.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about duet

Statistics for duet

Last Updated

21 Feb 2021

Cite this Entry

“Duet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/duet. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for duet



English Language Learners Definition of duet

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


du·​et | \ dü-ˈet How to pronounce duet (audio) , dyü- \

Kids Definition of duet

1 : a piece of music for two performers
2 : two people performing music together

More from Merriam-Webster on duet

Nglish: Translation of duet for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of duet for Arabic Speakers

Comments on duet

What made you want to look up duet? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats on impossible timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!