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 As part of the piano duo Hocket, with Thomas Kotcheff, Gibson knocked out a gleefully insistent duet by Tristan Perich. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 28 June 2022 This win was followed by a performance from ER&B songstress Ella Mai, who brought out the legendary Babyface to assist with an amazing duet and closed the set out with Roddy Ricch. Okla Jones, Essence, 27 June 2022 Each of Sunday night’s performers has selected favorite Monk compositions for the band to play in various configurations, from solo and duet numbers to trio, quartet, and full quintet pieces. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 June 2022 But for Bernstein, the highlight of the day was sitting on the bus prior to the show with just Young and Larson, listening to them duet on Comes a Time songs — a private concert, for one. Angie Martoccio, Rolling Stone, 21 June 2022 This duet with Stevie Wonder – a first for McCartney with another major artist – is much maligned because of its simplified ode to racial harmony. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 17 June 2022 This duet with Rihanna is maybe the best example of that. Janae Mckenzie, Glamour, 12 June 2022 Continuing the tradition of performing an unexpected duet at his Nashville tour stop, John Mayer welcomed Maren Morris to the stage Wednesday night in Music City. Sarah Michaud, PEOPLE.com, 14 Apr. 2022 Sung by two young lovers (Tsilala Brock and Nadia Dandashi), this lovey-dovey duet is like a landmine full of razors. Marilyn Stasio, Variety, 6 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb To finish out its 23rd season, this chamber ensemble offers a quintet by film composer Nino Rota, a musical cityscape by Valerie Coleman, an oceanic duet by Toru Takemitsu, and Charles Ives’s Piano Trio. BostonGlobe.com, 19 May 2022 How did the Emmylou Harris/Allison Russell duet come about? Chris Willman, Variety, 16 May 2022 Suh’s posing tips are simple, approachable and go incredibly viral; other users regularly duet his videos to show how his advice has transformed their self-presentation. Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2022 Few could have missed the statement being made by having a gay man duet with a Black woman, representing two constituencies that haven’t always been at the forefront in country. Chris Willman, Variety, 8 Mar. 2022 Any song with a voice-alike Meat Loaf and Cher duet belongs on this list, but this relatively economical four-minute rocker might have fit on Bruce Springsteen's album The River the previous year. Steve Knopper, EW.com, 21 Jan. 2022 In addition to a solo performance, each Top 8 artist hit the stage a second time for an iconic 90s duet with another artist. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, 8 Dec. 2021 GQCollider Almost three years later, Bradley Cooper is taking another look at his electric Oscars duet with Lady Gaga. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 17 Nov. 2021 Microsoft Theatre include Bad Bunny, Tainy and Julieta Venegas, Olivia Rodrigo, a Carrie Underwood/Jason Aldean duet, Kane Brown and a New Edition/New Kids on the Block teaming. Chris Willman, Variety, 17 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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“Duet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/duet. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for duet


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

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