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

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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 And for Celia Rowlson-Hall and Emma Portner—who both happen to have size 7.5 feet—the shoe department of Saks Fifth Avenue was the perfect setting for a playful dance battle that pivots to a duet. Vogue, "Shoe Time!—Spring’s Best Footwear Trends Inspire a Joyful Dance-Off Inside Saks Fifth Avenue," 28 Feb. 2019 From that, there's been a spate of recent duets albums by living stars Barbra Streisand and Barry Manilow crooning with the late Presley, Judy Garland and John Denver. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "He's been dead for 30 years. But he's coming in concert to South Florida," 10 July 2018 Here, minstrel shows abounded — including a banjo duet who impersonated the twins. Vanessa Hua, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Inseparable,’ by Yunte Huang," 10 May 2018 Their duet in darkness in Act II, in which neither knows the other’s identity, was a high point of the evening. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘Adriana Lecouvreur’ Review: More Than a Diva Showcase," 3 Jan. 2019 Twitter was abuzz after their impressive duet, some hailing it a major success. Anika Reed, USA TODAY, "Christina Aguilera, Demi Lovato debut diva duet at Billboard Music Awards," 21 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Matt Lauer, of course, dressed in drag as Dolly Parton to duet with Savannah Guthrie's Willie Nelson. Megan Armstrong, Billboard, "'Good Morning America' Anchors Transform Into Superheroes, 'Today Show' Goes Country For Halloween," 31 Oct. 2017

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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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