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


They sang the duet beautifully. a piano and flute duet

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Perry joined Swift on her Fearless Tour for this cute duet. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Katy Perry and Taylor Swift's Feud: A Timeline," 12 June 2019 After descending from the sky dressed in a red gown, Lopez was joined on stage by her 10-year-old daughter Emme, who was wearing a matching dress and helped her close out the song with a duet. Brianne Tracy, PEOPLE.com, "Jennifer Lopez Kicks Off Her 50th Birthday Tour with a 'Limitless' Duet with Daughter Emme, 10," 8 June 2019 Monday: Listen to arias and duets in Central Park at the Metropolitan Opera’s first free summer concert this season. Max Falkowitz, New York Times, "A Day at Queens Farm (and the Restaurants You Should Dig Into Afterward)," 5 June 2019 Unsurprisingly, people had only positive things to say about the beautiful duet. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'The Voice' Finale Had So Many Performances and There Are a Lot of Mixed Reviews," 22 May 2019 In an accompanying video, Zayn and Zhavia walk around a city, with the pair sharing a duet on the iconic song of romance. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Zayn and Zhavia Ward’s Version of "A Whole New World" From Disney’s Live-Action "Aladdin" Has Arrived," 9 May 2019 Then, after a show-stopping duet with Justin Timberlake at the November 2015 CMA Awards, Chris quickly became a household name. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Chris Stapleton and His Wife Morgane Are Unrecognizable in This Photo," 27 Apr. 2019 The self-love anthem featured a duet with Panic at the Disco frontman, Brandon Urie and the debut of a brand new fashion aesthetic for the singer. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Taylor Swift’s “Me” Took Its Pastel Dreamscape Fresh Off the Runways," 26 Apr. 2019 Bradley Cooper is taking the stage at the Oscars 2019, to perform a duet with his A Star Is Born co-star Lady Gaga, but his rock star persona from the movie probably won't be back. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bradley Cooper Won't Perform as Jackson Maine at the Oscars 2019," 16 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Xtina’s been cited as an inspiration by the likes of Camila Cabello, Sam Smith, Alessia Cara, Jessie J, Meghan Trainor, and Demi Lovato -- who’s set to duet with her on Liberation. Richard S. He, Billboard, "20 Years of Xtina: How She Found, Lost and Liberated Her Voice Again," 4 May 2018 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

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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 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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