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pas de deux

[French pahduh dœ]
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noun, plural pas de deux. Ballet.
  1. a dance by two persons.
  2. (in classical ballet) a set dance for a ballerina and a danseur noble, consisting typically of an entrée, an adagio, a variation for each dancer, and a coda.
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Origin of pas de deux

1755–65; < French: literally, step for two
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Examples from the Web for pas de deux

Historical Examples

  • These two lovers then express in a pas-de-deux, their mutual satisfaction.

    A Treatise on the Art of Dancing

    Giovanni-Andrea Gallini

  • Then handing you backwards to the top of the stage, you will begin gaily a Pas-de-deux, or Duet dance.

    A Treatise on the Art of Dancing

    Giovanni-Andrea Gallini

  • After she had finished the pas-de-deux, she made all the other figures a sign to begin a general dance.

    Faustus

    Friedrich Maximilian von Klinger


British Dictionary definitions for pas de deux

pas de deux

noun plural pas de deux
  1. ballet a sequence for two dancers
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Word Origin

French: step for two
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