\ 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

brace, couple, couplet, dyad, 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

With Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving on the Nets and Kawhi Leonard and Paul George in Brooklyn, the Lakers' duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis has kind of taken a backseat. Andrew Sharp And Ben Golliver, SI.com, "Don’t Forget That Anthony Davis Is on the Lakers Too | Open Floor Podcast," 13 July 2019 The event features live music by The Heart, an acoustic duo consisting of Dale Peters on vocals and acoustic guitar and his wife, Cindy Peters, on vocals, harmonies and hand percussion. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Sorority recognizes members," 13 July 2019 Grammy Award-winning duo Twenty One Pilots have announced a new U.S. leg of their global headline Bandito Tour, which includes a stop at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "Twenty One Pilots coming to Cincinnati, here's how to get tickets before the scalpers," 11 July 2019 Trump gave special recognition to Diamond and Silk, the Internet duo whose real names are Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson. Marie C. Baca, Washington Post, "Who was who at Trump’s social media summit," 11 July 2019 Wicketkeeper Carey entered the action with Australia having lost its first three wickets for just 14 runs as the defending champion's top order was blown away by the England pace duo of Archer and Chris Woakes. James Masters, CNN, "Australia vs. England: England ends 27-year wait to reach World Cup final," 11 July 2019 With the closing of Namkeen, the duo’s South Indian food stall at Zeppelin Station, earlier this year, Spuntino has also benefitted from Reddy infusing more of her Indian heritage and bold family recipes into the menu. Daliah Singer, The Know, "Restaurant review: At Spuntino, a meal is something to be savored and shared," 10 July 2019 Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson Enjoy(?) an evening of decidedly un-wholesome family entertainment, as this unholy duo kick off their 2019 Hell Never Dies tour right here in Baltimore. Chris Kaltenbach, baltimoresun.com, "Things to do in Baltimore this week: Caribbean Festival, Shore Leave, outdoor movies and more," 7 July 2019 His Ineos team did not win the stage, but the 33-year-old Welshman gained precious seconds on rivals, including French duo Romain Bardet and Thibaut Pinot, former Tour champion Vincenzo Nibali, climber Nairo Quintana, Adam Yates and Jakob Fuglsang. Samuel Petrequin, courant.com, "Defending Tour de France champion Thomas opens up gaps on rivals," 7 July 2019

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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 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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