du·​op·​o·​ly | \ du̇-ˈä-pə-lē How to pronounce duopoly (audio) also dyu̇- \
plural duopolies

Definition of duopoly

1 : an oligopoly limited to two sellers
2 : preponderant influence or control by two political powers

Other Words from duopoly

duopolistic \ d(y)u̇-​ˌä-​pə-​ˈli-​stik How to pronounce duopoly (audio) \ adjective

Examples of duopoly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Homegrown Comac Jets Boeing and Airbus dominate global aviation, but China’s Comac wants to challenge the duopoly with new planes. Matt Grossman, WSJ, 5 Jan. 2022 The digital duopoly of Google ($26.8 billion) and Facebook ($14.3 billion) is projected to account for slightly over half of all digital ad dollars spent locally next year. Brad Adgate, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 That gave them an effective duopoly, as Frieden puts it. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 14 Oct. 2021 Uy’s Dito Telecommunity, which is partly owned by China Telecom, launched its mobile phone services in March this year to challenge the duopoly of PLDT and Globe Telecom. Jonathan Burgos, Forbes, 24 May 2021 Critics dismissed those as PR moves that didn’t address the virtual duopoly the two companies hold on app distribution. Todd Spangler, Variety, 21 Oct. 2021 Shares in Airbus were up 0.4% at the open, and Boeing's were off 0.9% in pre-market on news that United Airlines is expected to purchase 200 narrow-body planes from the duopoly, one of its biggest aircraft orders ever. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 28 June 2021 Of course, Chinese commerce is already largely digitized, thanks to the private duopoly of WeChat and Alipay, which together comprise 96% of all mobile payments in the country. Charlie Campbell, Time, 11 Aug. 2021 Meanwhile, concerns are also rising that the two billionaires together could create a duopoly that might be hard to break. Niharika Sharma, Quartz, 30 June 2021

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First Known Use of duopoly

1920, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for duopoly

duo- + -poly (as in monopoly)

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“Duopoly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/duopoly. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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