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du·​et dü-ˈet How to pronounce duet (audio)
 also  dyü-
: a composition for two performers


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duetted or dueted; duetting or dueting

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
In this round, the coaches pair up their remaining artists (save for their Playoff Pass winner), but instead of singing a duet, each artist gets to choose their own song in a head-to-head match up. Maggie Fremont, EW.com, 8 Apr. 2024 That won’t be the only featured duet, although Hamlin says the show, unlike some other awards perennials, doesn’t put a particular spotlight on pairing artists just for the sake of it. Chris Willman, Variety, 7 Apr. 2024 Rodrigo, 21, wrote alongside a video shared on Instagram of their duet. Nicholas Rice, Peoplemag, 6 Apr. 2024 Are all of these duets done remotely? Maybe half and half. Arsenio Orteza, SPIN, 25 Mar. 2024 This concert program, paying homage to one of the most famous duets in jazz history, is unique to the University of Michigan’s University Musical Society (UMS), and won’t be performed anywhere else. Detroit Free Press, 22 Mar. 2024 In the style of a classic country duet, Cyrus trades verses with Beyoncé before harmonizing with her on the chorus. Shaad D’souza, Pitchfork, 29 Mar. 2024 In a duet, that conversation is between two pianists, playing shoulder to shoulder at the same eighty-eight keys. The New Yorker, 29 Mar. 2024 The marquee appearances materialize as duets and interludes. Steven J. Horowitz, Variety, 29 Mar. 2024
The La La Land Reunion: Ryan Gosling also took a moment to duet with his favorite co-star: Emma Stone. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 11 Mar. 2024 Bon Jovi rocks with Springsteen, McCartney dances in the crowd at Grammys MusiCares event Jelly Roll duets with Lainey Wilson, more highlights from Spotify's pre-Grammys party Which Grammy nominees could make history in 2024? Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 3 Feb. 2024 The Fox guessing game show, which is hosted by actor and comedian Anthony Anderson and his mother, Doris Bowman, showcases non-famous relatives of celebrities performing solo and then duets with their secret famous family member. Lauren Huff, EW.com, 14 Feb. 2024 For once more in Stevie Wonder's life, the legendary singer was able to duet with Tony Bennett. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 5 Feb. 2024 Similar vocal isolation allowed McCartney to virtually duet with Lennon on a recent tour. Benj Edwards, Ars Technica, 13 June 2023 Every year, various artists have joined Love on The View to duet on the song, including Rob Thomas, Jason Derulo, Bryan Adams, Patti LaBelle and Golden Globe nominee Fantasia. Dave Quinn, Peoplemag, 14 Dec. 2023 Spoiler alert: Joe hops onstage to duet with dad each night. Linda Laban, Variety, 3 Oct. 2023 Garth Brooks kisses Trisha Yearwood onstage at the CMA Awards One of the most memorable moments of the 2016 CMA Awards didn't come during Brooks and Yearwood's medley of classic country duets but after it. Will Groff, Peoplemag, 26 Sep. 2023

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Word History



Italian duetto, diminutive of duo duo

First Known Use


circa 1735, in the meaning defined above


1822, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of duet was circa 1735

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“Duet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/duet. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a composition for two performers

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