\ˈdü-(ˌ)ō 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

brace, couple, couplet, pair, twain, twosome

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Examples of duo in a Sentence


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

After losing to WIP’s duo of Jon Marks and Ike Reese in the winter ratings book, 97.5 The Fanatic’s Mike Missanelli has reclaimed the top spot in the afternoons for Philadelphia sports radio. Rob Tornoe, Philly.com, "Mike Missanelli regains top spot over WIP in Philly sports radio ratings," 12 July 2018 Luis Severino, Chris Sale, Corey Kluber, Houston’s fearsome duo of Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole. Aces all, and each a viable candidate to take home this year’s trophy. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "Midseason Roundtable: The SI Staff Makes Some Second-Half Predictions," 11 July 2018 The Belgian offensive attack funnels through the talented duo of Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne. USA TODAY, "FIFA World Cup: Semifinal schedule, TV time and storylines for Belgium vs. France," 9 July 2018 The duo of Jonathan Campbell and Brandon Vincent struggled with Vancouver's attacking front without the presence of Johan Kappelhof, who was involved in a car accident over the week. Juan Pimiento, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago Fire's unbeaten streak ends with a loss in Vancouver," 7 July 2018 The mother-daughter duo of newlywed Vanessa Paradis and Lily-Rose Depp ushered in low-key takes on tailored separates at Chanel, as did model Stella Tennant, who offset her simple top with tweed trousers. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Naomi Campbell, Ashley Graham, and More of the Best Dressed at the Paris Couture Shows," 6 July 2018 Junior is joined by play-by-play man Rick Allen and the color-commentary duo of Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte, Earnhardt’s former crew chief. Edgar Thompson, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Dale Earnhardt Jr. shifts gears as NASCAR analyst for NBC Sports," 6 July 2018 Kosslick, who has run the Berlin Film Festival since 2001, will be stepping down after the 2019 fest, to be replaced by the creative/management duo of Carlo Chatrian and Mariette Rissenbeek. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "Outgoing Berlin Festival Boss to Receive "Force of Nature" Award," 4 July 2018 Could this mean that Hobbs and Shaw potentially features a family scene in which Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret of alternate screen universes collide to play the most high-octane British mother-daughter duo of 21st-century cinema? Julie Miller, HWD, "The Crown’s Princess Margaret and The Rock Are Making a Fast & Furious Spin-Off Together," 3 July 2018

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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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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, ˈdyü-\
plural duos

Kids Definition of duo

1 : two people who are usually seen together

2 : duet

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