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

Definition of duo

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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 Davis lacked the funds needed to run detailed fluid dynamics simulations to model the engine on a computer, so the duo decided to build a physical engine instead. Daniel Oberhaus, Ars Technica, "The rocket motor of the future “breathes” air like a jet engine," 27 June 2020 Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams portray an amateur Icelandic pop duo who enter a music competition. Nina Zafar, Washington Post, "What to watch on Friday: ‘Home Game’ on Netflix," 26 June 2020 Davis lacked the funds needed to run detailed fluid dynamics simulations to model the engine on a computer, so the duo decided to build a physical engine instead. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "The Rocket Motor of the Future Breathes Air Like a Jet Engine," 26 June 2020 Meanwhile, the Jersey Shore duo has decided to be everywhere. Derek Lawrence, EW.com, "Awkward! Pauly D and Vinny try to make peace with exes in Double Shot at Love clip," 18 June 2020 Happily, Prieto and Phipps can claim some early success: At least five textbook authors have updated their books to include Spaulding and his eight fundamentals of business administration, citing the duo’s research. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "The history of Black management reveals an overlooked form of capitalism," 18 June 2020 Ratt’s lead-guitar duo, Warren DeMartini and the late Robbin Crosby, was one of the era’s best. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "Ratt is much more than ‘Round and Round’," 15 June 2020 The duo are still in detention and have not been seen publicly. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "Australian sentenced to death in China for smuggling drugs," 13 June 2020 As if a new Spidey game wasn't enough, studio Insomniac Games is also delivering a fresh take on its most popular video game duo. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "PlayStation 5: These were the 10 biggest game announcements Thursday," 12 June 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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Last Updated

3 Jul 2020

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“Duo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/duo. Accessed 10 Jul. 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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