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 dancers have been performing one by one on the teleconferencing app, with duets and ensembles coming next. Washington Post, "Inside one of the few places where dancers still perform, founded by a glamorous disco impresario," 11 May 2020 As fans of the show know, a battle round includes two singers from the same team performing a duet together. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The Voice' Fans Are Enraged at Kelly Clarkson and the Other Coaches' “Huge, Huge Mistake”," 5 Apr. 2020 In addition to becoming a key player in the Miami funk sound of the ’70s, Wright remained a mainstay on the Billboard R&B chart as a lead singer, duet partner and background vocalist, placing 20 different singles in the R&B Top 40. Sonaiya Kelley, Los Angeles Times, "Soul singer Betty Wright dies at 66," 10 May 2020 In addition to becoming a key player in the Miami funk sound of the '70s, Wright remained a mainstay on the Billboard R&B chart as a lead singer, duet partner and background vocalist, placing 20 different singles in the R&B Top 40. al, "Soul singer Betty Wright dies at 66," 10 May 2020 Late last year, a selfie-video of the couple singing a duet circulated on social media. David Mckenzie And Brent Swails, CNN, "High-level murder investigation grips tiny mountain kingdom of Lesotho," 12 Feb. 2020 Cunningham served as a capable duet partner, harmony vocalist and accompanying guitarist, supplying color and counterpoint. Bob Gendron, chicagotribune.com, "Review: Andrew Bird is here for his annual, deep dive into the holiday season that isn’t a ‘Nutcracker’-like chestnut but is just as traditional," 10 Dec. 2019 She’s released country songs, including duets with Jason Aldean and Dan + Shay. Emily Yahr, Washington Post, "Country singers on ‘The Voice’ typically choose Blake Shelton. Here’s what happens if you pick Kelly Clarkson.," 25 Feb. 2020 Now, Berk is giving fans even more through his touching new duet with singer-songwriter Alyssa Kayhill. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Bobby Berk Wants to Define What 'Love Is' in Emotional Duet With Alyssa Kayhill: Listen," 24 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Then, Bart Johnson, who played Coach Bolton in the movies, joined in, dueting with Ashley and performing the dance moves along side her while wearing an East High sweatshirt. 'Let’s GOOOO TikTok!! Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Ashley Tisdale Started a "High School Musical" TikTok Trend and Other Stars From the Movie Are Joining In," 18 Mar. 2020 Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani will duet at the show this year, marking their first Grammy performance together. Marianne Garvey, CNN, "The list of Grammy performers keeps on growing," 20 Jan. 2020 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

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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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31 May 2020

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“Duet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/duet. Accessed 6 Jun. 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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