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[fawr-suh m, fohr-]
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  1. a company or set of four; two couples; a quartet: to make up a foursome for bridge.
  2. 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.
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  1. consisting of four persons, things, etc.; performed by or requiring four persons.
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Origin of foursome

First recorded in 1540–50; four + -some2
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  • Foursome: A match in which four persons play: two on each side.

    The Sportswoman's Library, Vol. 1 of 2


  • "The Foursome League," which Verity had instituted with her room-mates at the hostel, was kept by them as a solemn compact.

British Dictionary definitions for foursome


  1. a set or company of four
  2. 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
  3. (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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