Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A composition for two voices or two instruments.
  • noun A group of two singers or two instrumentalists.
  • noun A pair.
  • intransitive verb To perform a duet.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A musical composition either for two voices or for two instruments, or for two performers on one instrument, and either with or without accompaniment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Mus.) A composition for two performers, whether vocal or instrumental.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun music A musical composition in two parts, each performed by a single voice (singer, instrument or univoce ensemble).
  • noun A pair or couple, especially one that is harmonious or elegant.
  • verb intransitive To perform a duet.
  • verb intransitive, zoology, of male and female pairs To communicate (warnings, mating calls, etc.) through song.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun (ballet) a dance for two people (usually a ballerina and a danseur noble)
  • noun a pair who associate with one another
  • noun two items of the same kind
  • noun a musical composition for two performers
  • noun two performers or singers who perform together

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Italian duetto, diminutive of duo, from Latin, two; see dwo- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

from Italian duetto 'short musical composition for two voices', diminutive of duo 'two', itself from Latin duo 'two'

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