pas de deux

noun

plural pas de deux ˌpä-də-ˈdər(z) How to pronounce pas de deux (audio)
-ˈdə(z),
-ˈdü(z)
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 In the moments of totality, wildlife will go still, the temperature will drop, and millions of people will gaze (hopefully each of them through eclipse-safe lenses) at a short celestial pas de deux. Phaedra Trethan, USA TODAY, 16 Mar. 2024 Properly choreographed, the doctor-patient interaction becomes a pas de deux — two people in sync, jointly trying to solve a puzzle with each sharing their perspective and expertise. Eric Snoey, Twin Cities, 26 May 2024 And indeed, the stage was jammed with as many as 100 people Tuesday night, including not just the singers and musicians, but also the solo violinist Caroline Campbell and two dancers who performed solos and pas de deux. Mary Carole McCauley, Baltimore Sun, 21 Feb. 2024 Two giant, shirtless men bow respectfully and then hurl themselves at each other in a violent pas de deux that ends with a victory in seconds. Victor Mather Todd Heisler, New York Times, 14 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for pas de deux 

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Word History

Etymology

French, literally, step for two

First Known Use

circa 1762, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pas de deux was circa 1762

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“Pas de deux.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pas%20de%20deux. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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