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 duet, penned by Richard Rogers, was originally performed in the 1962 musical No Strings, where it was made famous by Diahann Carroll and Richard Kiley. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Ariana Grande Sings Cinderella Tune After Announcing She’ll Perform at the 2020 Grammys," 15 Jan. 2020 J’nai Bridge as Nefertiti shines in Act Two in a duet with Costanzo, sung in ancient Egyptian. Mary Spencer, National Review, "Philip Glass’s Akhnaten Brings Ancient Egyptian Piety to Life," 14 Dec. 2019 For the duet, Shawn and Camila performed on a stage lit by golden lights, and throughout their time on the stage, the two sang to one another. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello Performed "Señorita" at the MTV VMAs 2019," 27 Aug. 2019 For the duet, mother and daughter wore fluffy white dresses. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Stormi sings sweetly to mom Kylie Jenner at lavish yacht party celebrating 22nd birthday," 11 Aug. 2019 Her piano duets with her two sisters usually ended in hysterics. courant.com, "Deborah Dorothy Weldon," 26 Nov. 2019 Legend posted his duet with Clarkson on Vevo Thursday, and the song was also made available for streaming. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "John Legend and Kelly Clarkson release new version of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" after critics said it promoted date rape," 8 Nov. 2019 Pompous, floppy-haired Vlad gets the biggest laughs, especially during his extraneous but still irresistible duet with an old flame, the helplessly lusty Countless Lily (Tari Kelly). Margaret Gray, Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Anastasia’ at the Pantages has a look that dazzles. The story, not so much," 11 Oct. 2019 Among its tracks is a duet with onetime Righteous Brother Bill Medley. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Arts & Culture Newsletter: Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Van Morrison rocks on," 7 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 When someone duets with or reacts to another person’s video, the videos appear side by side. Stephanie Thurrott, NBC News, "What is TikTok? A guide for clueless parents," 21 Oct. 2019 Footwear News gave the Reebok and Pyer Moss duet the 2018 Collaboration of the Year Award. BostonGlobe.com, "The same Reebok headquartered in the Seaport, known for the iconic Pump, the Question, the Shaqnosis, and the timeless Freestyle Hi.," 13 Sep. 2019 For Feinstein’s Ravinia show, he originally was scheduled to duet with Christine Ebersole, who had to cancel due to a TV pilot that got picked up, says the pianist. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Before his Ravinia show, Michael Feinstein talks about his ever-expanding reach of art and advocacy," 13 Aug. 2019 Also on the bill: Havana singer Melvis Santa, a former member of Maqueque, with her New York quartet Ashedi; and Nythia Martinez, a Chicago singer-pianist-educator who will duet with former Chicago pianist Darwin Noguera. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "13th Chicago Latin Jazz Festival turns to women," 9 July 2019 Mango Tree,’’ featuring Brown dueting with songstress Sarah Bareilles. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland.com, "Zac Brown Band percussionist Daniel de los Reyes marries music and philanthropy," 10 June 2019 Miley posted on Sunday, March 10, before sharing another throwback of herself dueting with Rihanna. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Miley Cyrus Shared Throwback Photos With Demi Lovato, Hailey Bieber, and Vanessa Hudgens," 11 Mar. 2019

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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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The first known use of duet was circa 1735

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26 Jan 2020

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“Duet.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/duet. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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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 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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