\ ˈdü-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce duo (audio) also ˈdyü- \
plural duos

Definition of duo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : duet

Definition of duo- (Entry 2 of 2)

: two duologue

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Synonyms for duo

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of duo in a Sentence

Noun The comedy duo will perform tonight. The author-illustrator duo will be signing their books tomorrow. He and his partner make quite a duo.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The duo of dynamic young outfielders paired up Thursday to plate a go-ahead, eighth-inning run off O’Day. Nathan Ruiz, baltimoresun.com, "Cedric Mullins’ walk-off sacrifice fly in 10th gives Orioles 4-3 win over Yankees, earning series split," 29 Apr. 2021 The Olympia boys doubles duo of Alexey Timokhine and Luis Leon will play for a state tennis championship on Friday morning. Buddy Collings, orlandosentinel.com, "Olympia doubles duo vies for FHSAA state tennis title," 29 Apr. 2021 For a cheaper takeout meal, try a duo of $12 duck bao: buttery confit duck inside springy buns and just the right amount of hoisin. BostonGlobe.com, "Good food and good Karma in Burlington," 27 Apr. 2021 And North Carolina’s Chazz Surratt and the Ohio State duo of Baron Browning and Pete Werner should come off the board by the end of Round 3. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "NFL draft preview: Detroit Lions need LB help, but how early is too early to take one?," 27 Apr. 2021 Campbell was part of a hyped duo of cornerbacks coming out of American Heritage in 2018, along with fellow SEC star Patrick Surtain II. David Furones, sun-sentinel.com, "Local football stars who could be drafted this week | Photos," 27 Apr. 2021 Tyler Stice is ranked No. 28, and Auburn’s duo of Tad Maclean and Finn Murgett is ranked No. 27. Giana Han, al, "Weekly Auburn roundup: Track breaks three school records," 26 Apr. 2021 Bad Bunny was nominated this year for pop duo/group performance and Latin pop or urban album. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, "Bad Bunny, a Royal Rumble breakout star, will take on the Miz at WWE’s WrestleMania," 23 Mar. 2021 BTS Army had some choice words for The Recording Academy after the K-pop group lost the Grammy for pop duo/group performance. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Twitter Reacts to the Surprisingly Good Grammy Awards Ceremony," 15 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of duo


1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for duo


Italian, from Latin, two — more at two

Combining form

Latin duo

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Last Updated

5 May 2021

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“Duo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/duo. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of duo

: two people who perform together, are usually seen together, or are associated with each other
: a piece of music that is performed by two musicians


\ ˈdü-ō How to pronounce duo (audio) , ˈdyü- \
plural duos

Kids Definition of duo

1 : two people who are usually seen together
2 : duet

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