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[doo-et, dyoo-]
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  1. a musical composition for two voices or instruments.
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Origin of duet

1730–40; earlier duett < Italian duetto, equivalent to du(o) duet + -etto -et
Related formsdu·et·tist, noun
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  1. Also called (esp for instrumental compositions): duo a musical composition for two performers or voices
  2. an action or activity performed by a pair of closely connected individuals
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verb duets, duetting or duetted
  1. (intr) to perform a duet
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Derived Formsduettist, noun

Word Origin

C18: from Italian duetto a little duet, from duo duet, from Latin: two
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Word Origin and History for duet


1740, from French duet, from Italian duetto "short musical composition for two voices," diminutive of duo "two" (see two). As a verb, from 1822. The Italian form of the noun was used in English from c.1724.

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