pas de deux

\ ˌpä-də-ˈdər How to pronounce pas de deux (audio) , -ˈdə, -ˈdü How to pronounce pas de deux (audio) \
plural pas de deux\ ˌpä-​də-​ˈdər(z) How to pronounce pas de deux (audio) , -​ˈdə(z) , -​ˈdü(z) \

Definition of pas de deux

1 : a dance or figure for two performers
2 : an intricate relationship or activity involving two parties or things

Examples of pas de deux in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Earlier that day, Harrison Coll and Indiana Woodward had filmed the pas de deux in Andrea Miller’s piece. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "How New York City Ballet Took On the Pandemic," 29 Oct. 2020 Robichaux also brought passion to the final pas de deux, with Andre Gallon as her prince. Matthew J. Palm,, "Less heart but more humor in Orlando Ballet’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ | Review," 23 Oct. 2020 The film’s sublimely restrained story—which evolved significantly during a lengthy shoot—is a hypnotic pas de deux set in confined spaces as if on a spotlit stage. Kristin M. Jones, WSJ, "Depths of Unspoken Emotion," 25 Sep. 2020 But when an ugly incident at school disrupts their feverish pas de deux, September's grip on her younger sister becomes more menacing, too — a fraught and feral thing that Johnson evokes with clammy, startling intimacy. Ew Staff,, "Deception becomes her: 6 twisty female-led tales to read this fall," 24 Aug. 2020 The failure of the Democratic ticket to acknowledge this unseemly pas de deux led to its defeat in 2016. Washington Post, "The Democrats Are Moving Left. Will America Follow?," 12 Nov. 2019 That transatlantic pas de deux continued into the early days of the coronavirus crisis, with Trump and the British leader both striking an initially dismissive stance about the dangers of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus. Christina Boyle, Los Angeles Times, "Britain’s Boris Johnson in intensive care, illustrating U.K.'s growing struggle with coronavirus," 6 Apr. 2020 From allégros and pas de deux to fouettés and relevés, professional dance moves require a staggering amount of athleticism, style and grace. Steven Lindsey, Dallas News, "The art of dance: D-FW dancers of all ilks thrill local audiences," 31 Mar. 2020 There was Usher chatting it up with FKA Twigs (earlier in the night, the two performed a sultry pas de deux in homage to Prince) and John Legend and his wife Chrissy Teigen posing for pics with Cyndi Lauper. Vogue, "These Were the Best Parties Before and After the Grammys," 27 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of pas de deux

circa 1762, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pas de deux

French, literally, step for two

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“Pas de deux.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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