pas de deux

noun
\ 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 And a charismatic Gutierrez is Mendoza’s ever-supportive partner throughout a complicated pas de deux near the end of the second act. Lauren Warnecke, chicagotribune.com, 5 Dec. 2021 While Hovhannisyan and Fumero are the romantic center of the story, enjoying a culminating pas de deux in the second act, younger siblings Clara (Alana Griffith) and Fritz (Barry Molina) are the character stars. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 Dec. 2021 And Boston Ballet is staging a new spectacle: a pas de deux inspired by traditional Chinese ribbon dancing. New York Times, 29 Nov. 2021 Campion, a director known for excavating feminine psychology, here seems most preoccupied with Rose as a catalyst for the shifting relationships among the men around her—and, in particular, for the pas de deux between Peter and Phil. Brandon Taylor, The New Yorker, 19 Nov. 2021 Eventually, however, there’s a blindsiding payoff to this pas de deux that, while not entirely unexpected, is quite satisfying. Joe Leydon, Variety, 9 Dec. 2021 The dancers wrestle and win with Christopher Wheeldon’s sometimes cringey choreography, which particularly plagues the first act pas de deux and Queen of the Fair solo. Lauren Warnecke, chicagotribune.com, 5 Dec. 2021 In the second movement, a gorgeous, somber pas de deux pulls the focus inward, like sheltering in place. New York Times, 1 Oct. 2021 Martin and Short do their pas de deux, with Martin as Charles Haden-Savage, a downcast and obsolete actor, and Short as Oliver Putnam, a leechy, rococo theatre director who hasn’t had a hit in years. The New Yorker, 20 Sep. 2021

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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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Last Updated

10 Jan 2022

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“Pas de deux.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pas%20de%20deux. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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