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

Definition of duo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

Definition of duo- (Entry 2 of 2)

: two duologue

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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 Last week, country pop duo Sugarland canceled their tour, including an amphitheater show July 25, and Maroon 5 postponed its dates, including an amphitheater show Aug. 30, to 2021, with a new date to be determined. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summerfest spent $53 million upgrading its amphitheater. Now, its 2020 lineup is nearly wiped out.," 21 May 2020 The first half of the dominating sophomore duo hit .557 with 12 doubles, nine homers and 45 RBIs as a freshman catcher for Central Coast Section champs. Mitch Stephens, SFChronicle.com, "25 Bay Area high school athletes we miss watching this time of year," 16 May 2020 Last month, Horn tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19, a spokesperson for the duo said. NBC News, "Newsom says community spread started at nail salon," 10 May 2020 The wife proves to have been the more realistic member of the duo, whereas the husband, a philanderer and a fantasist who perhaps never accepted the mundane terms of reality, was incapable of facing his own annihilation. Mallika Rao, The Atlantic, "The Melancholia Postulate," 9 May 2020 What to know: The other half of Miami's dynamic defensive line duo, Roche has a chance to make a name for himself after his transfer from Temple. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "It's a year away, but here's who we have as the top 25 ACC prospects in the 2021 NFL draft," 8 May 2020 Yet, like in many a Bollywood movie, love—and technology—won the day for the duo even though a virtual wedding was still the stuff of science fiction. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Priest on Zoom, borrowed clothes, makeup tutorials: An Indian Covid-19 wedding," 6 May 2020 After watching the duo's Tiny Desk concert from NPR, we're sold. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "9 Virtual Airbnb Experiences to Book Now," 23 Apr. 2020 The debut by writing/directing duo Matthew Whedon (brother of Joss) and Andrew Mecham has a few choice scenes, though they are mostly undone by convoluted mythology and a lack of scares. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "What to stream this weekend: Amazon's teen dream 'Selah and the Spades,' Netflix's 'Sergio' and more," 17 Apr. 2020

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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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3 Jun 2020

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“Duo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/duo. Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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How to pronounce duo- (audio)

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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