pas de deux

[ French pahduh-dœ ]

noun,plural pas de deux.Ballet.
  1. a dance by two persons.

  2. (in classical ballet) a set dance for a ballerina and a danseur noble, consisting typically of an entrée, an adagio, a variation for each dancer, and a coda.

Origin of pas de deux

1755–65; <French: literally, step for two

Words Nearby pas de deux Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use pas de deux in a sentence

  • After she had finished the pas-de-deux, she made all the other figures a sign to begin a general dance.

    Faustus | Friedrich Maximilian von Klinger
  • Mozart only planned two longer portions without completing them, and in performance the whole pas de deux was omitted.

  • Regular ballets of action now take place, in lieu of the pas de deux, and pas seul, of one or two principal dancers.

  • The exchange was as formal as a pas de deux and just about as warlike.

    The Ethical Engineer | Henry Maxwell Dempsey

British Dictionary definitions for pas de deux

pas de deux

/ (French pɑddø) /

nounplural pas de deux
  1. ballet a sequence for two dancers

Origin of pas de deux

French: step for two

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