foursome

[ fawr-suh m, fohr- ]
/ ˈfɔr səm, ˈfoʊr- /

noun

a company or set of four; two couples; a quartet: to make up a foursome for bridge.
Golf.
  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.

adjective

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

Origin of foursome

First recorded in 1540–50; four + -some2
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foursome

/ (ˈfɔːsəm) /

noun

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

foursome


n.

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

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