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duo

[doo-oh, dyoo-oh]
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noun, plural du·os.
  1. Music. duet.
  2. two persons commonly associated with each other; couple.
  3. two animals or objects of the same sort; two things ordinarily placed or found together; a pair: a duo of lovebirds.
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Origin of duo

1580–90; < Italian < Latin: two

duo-

  1. a combining form meaning “two,” used in the formation of compound words: duologue.
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Origin of duo-

combining form of Greek dýo, Latin duo two
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  • I heard every note, and thought the trees and the brook were enjoying a duo, and—Bon Dieu!

    Melomaniacs

    James Huneker

  • It had been singing with her the duo of which lightly she had spoken.

    The Paliser case

    Edgar Saltus

  • The Duo scrubbed each other daily in—a biscuit tin of water.

    Norman Ten Hundred

    A. Stanley Blicq

  • Duo would have had him driven away, but Suo felt compassion for him.

  • Duo was very willing to do this; she had no longer any use for them.


British Dictionary definitions for duo

duo

noun plural duos or dui (ˈdjuːiː)
  1. music
    1. a pair of performers
    2. another word for duet
  2. a pair of actors, entertainers, etc
  3. informal a pair of closely connected individuals
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Word Origin

C16: via Italian from Latin: two

duo-

combining form
  1. indicating twoduotone
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Word Origin

from Latin
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Word Origin and History for duo

n.

1580s, "song for two voices," via either Italian or French, from Latin duo "two" (see two). Meaning "two people" (especially as an entertainment team) attested by 1887.

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