du·​et | \ dü-ˈet also dyü- How to pronounce duet (audio) \

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

That's all dancer Wayne Sleep could think about during his surreal duet with Princess Diana at the Royal Opera House. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The True Story Behind Princess Diana's Surprise Dance Performance at the Royal Opera House," 17 Jan. 2019 At a 1977 state dinner for Latin American heads of state hosted by Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, Isaac Stern and Andre Previn performed a duet. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Melania Trump's first state dinner: Chanel, intimate guest list, one Democratic politician | The Kansas City Star," 24 Apr. 2018 Audiences have yet to forgive Rob Lowe for the results, which included his bizarre duet with Snow White. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Oscars Likely Won't Have a Host for the First Time Since 1989," 10 Jan. 2019 This time, the track was a pretty acoustic duet, rather than Natasha Bedingfield’s 2004 bop. Marie Claire, "It's Official: 'The Hills' Is Getting a Reboot," 21 Aug. 2018 To see Kennedy and Reagan’s duet, tune into The Voice, Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. EST on NBC. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'The Voice' Pairs Reagan Strange With Kennedy Holmes a Week After DeAndre Nico Controversy," 10 Dec. 2018 But what began as a duet ended with Timberlake ripping off part of Jackson’s leather and lace bodice, briefly exposing her bare breast (save for a silver nipple shield) to the stadium audience and more than 140 million viewers at home. Cady Lang, Time, "A Comprehensive Guide to Justin Timberlake’s Rocky History With the Super Bowl Halftime Show," 2 Feb. 2018 Will Lovato do an on-stage duet with her opening act, DJ Khaled? George Varga, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Demi Lovato will open her 'Tell Me You Love Me' tour' Monday at SDSU," 22 Feb. 2018 While some TikTok users have used it to stage their own karaoke sessions, taking on the duet with other TikTok Overwatch aficionados, others have abused the tool to make fun of the people who are participating in the meme. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Reaction to TikTok’s Overwatch meme misses the original video’s intention," 2 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Singers can choose to duet with a partnering pop star (or, say, Maui), use audio filters and pitch correction during a performance, and record the song and share it on social media. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Exclusive: 'Moana' fans can duet with The Rock on Smule's karoake app," 4 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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