[ doo-et, dyoo- ]
/ duˈɛt, dyu- /


a musical composition for two voices or instruments.

Nearby words

  1. duende,
  2. duenna,
  3. duero,
  4. dues,
  5. dues-paying,
  6. duetting,
  7. dufay,
  8. dufay, guillaume,
  9. duff,
  10. duff up

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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British Dictionary definitions for duet


/ (djuːˈɛt) /


Also called (esp for instrumental compositions): duo a musical composition for two performers or voices
an action or activity performed by a pair of closely connected individuals

verb duets, duetting or duetted

(intr) to perform a duet
Derived Formsduettist, noun

Word Origin for duet

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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