four·​some | \ ˈfȯr-səm \

Definition of foursome

1a : a group of four persons or things : quartet
b : two couples
2 : 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

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Modern Masters – Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dalí, and Joan Miró Several dozen original drawings, etchings, lithographs, and linocuts by a foursome of 20th-century masters appear for a limited time only in Stone Harbor. Lauren Mccutcheon,, "What you should do down the Shore this weekend," 28 June 2018 This year’s performers will join Farm Aid’s guiding foursome of Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews, who will perform an acoustic set with Tim Reynolds. Thom Duffy, Billboard, "Chris Stapleton Will Join Willie Nelson's 33rd Annual Farm Aid Concert in Hartford," 25 June 2018 Whatever the case, a foursome of Leonard, Gordon Hayward, Jayson Tatum and Al Horford would become the closest thing to Warriors kryptonite. Rohan Nadkarni,, "Kawhi-to-Boston and More NBA Draft Day Trades That Should Happen," 18 June 2018 But that’s no longer enough. Cleveland will return one of baseball’s best starting staffs in Kluber, Bauer, Carlos Carrasco and Mike Clevinger, the first foursome in baseball history to reach 200 strikeouts apiece. Tom Withers, The Seattle Times, "Bitter finish: Indians’ first-round exit leaves sour taste," 9 Oct. 2018 But a low-key family dinner this was not: the foursome cheered on Serena Williams at the U.S. Open in a private box. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas, Sophie Turner, and Joe Jonas Go on a Sporty Double Date," 5 Sep. 2018 Of that foursome, Mahle and Garrett have pitched the best. John Fay,, "Reds manager Bryan Price: 'We're going to need some resources' in wake of DeSclafani, Finnegan injuries," 11 Mar. 2018 Walking across the parking lot in a foursome of first-grade boys, Emmett kept glancing at another classmate who was leaving with his mother. Mary Beth Keane, Vogue, "Amid Scandal After Scandal, One Catholic Mother Faces A Painful Choice," 6 Dec. 2018 Every few weeks, usually on Sunday, a curious foursome get together for lunch at Cipriani at the Sherry-Netherland in New York. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Meet Wes Gordon, the Young Man Leading the Next Chapter of Carolina Herrera," 8 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of foursome

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

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English Language Learners Definition of foursome

: a group of four people or things


four·​some | \ ˈfȯr-səm \

Kids Definition of foursome

: a group of four persons or things

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