[fawr-suh m, fohr-]


a company or set of four; two couples; a quartet: to make up a foursome for bridge.
  1. a match between two pairs of players, each of whom plays his or her own ball.
  2. Also called Scotch foursome.a match between two pairs of players, in which each pair plays one ball and partners stroke alternately.


consisting of four persons, things, etc.; performed by or requiring four persons.

Origin of foursome

First recorded in 1540–50; four + -some2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a set or company of four
sport a game between two pairs of players, esp a form of golf in which each partner in a pair takes alternate strokes at the same ballCompare fourball, greensome
(modifier) of or performed by a company of foura foursome competition
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Word Origin and History for foursome

early 16c., from four + -some (1). Golf sense is from 1867.

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