four·​some ˈfȯr-səm How to pronounce foursome (audio)
: a group of four persons or things : quartet
: two couples
: a golf match in which two players compete against two others with players on each side taking turns playing one ball
broadly : any golf match involving four players

Examples of foursome in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many have long suspected that forces more sinister than excess demand and limited supply were gobbling up coveted foursomes. Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times, 16 Mar. 2024 See all the photos from the foursome's adventure abroad. Sam Burros, Peoplemag, 28 Aug. 2023 The foursome created a cinematic powerhouse, a dream factory that was the social conscience of Hollywood, one that churned out timely and topical films about the Great Depression, the rise of fascism, the Red Scare and more. Chris Yogerst, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Mar. 2024 Being together, now as a foursome, has the musicians focused on the possibilities of the future. Chris Kelly, Washington Post, 14 Mar. 2024 Along the way, the foursome is still wrestling with the toxicity of how they were sexualized and treated in their youth. Esther Zuckerman, Los Angeles Times, 13 Mar. 2024 As a foursome, the group signed a record deal when Roberson, the baby of the bunch, was only 15. Lester Fabian Brathwaite,, 28 Feb. 2024 Team Europe did better in the afternoon than the morning, as the U.S. swept the foursomes matches, 4-0, prior to the fourball battles in the afternoon. Scott Thompson, Fox News, 22 Sep. 2023 Further mayhem ensues when a foursome comes to inhabit the cabin, leading to a delightfully bloody climax featuring killer trees, possessed body parts, and a chainsaw where a hand should be. Declan Gallagher,, 23 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of foursome was in the 14th century

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“Foursome.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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four·​some ˈfōr-səm How to pronounce foursome (audio)
: a group of four persons or things
: a golf match between two pairs of partners

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