Definitions

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

  • noun Two people or things together; a pair or couple.
  • noun An activity involving two people, such as a round of golf.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In golf, a match between two persons.
  • Being or constituting a pair; two.
  • Twofold; double; specifically, performed by two persons, as a dance.

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

  • adjective Being or constituting a pair; two.
  • adjective Twofold; double.
  • adjective Performed by two individuals.
  • noun A group of two; a pair; a couple; a group of two distinct individuals or components.

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

  • noun two items of the same kind
  • noun a pair who associate with one another

Etymologies

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From Middle English twosome, equivalent to two +‎ -some. Cognate with Scots twasome, twaesome ("twosome").

Examples

  • Word comes this morning that the twosome is touring Italy and you can follow them here as they eat their way across the country.

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  • The depressing aspect of this perpetual twosome is that it is so often based on sex and convenience.

    Sex and the College Girl

  • The depressing aspect of this perpetual twosome is that it is so often based on sex and convenience.

    Sex and the College Girl

  • The depressing aspect of this perpetual twosome is that it is so often based on sex and convenience.

    Sex and the College Girl

  • Because the essential ingredient for friendship is equality and there is always an imbalance when one person in the twosome is the parent of the other, mothers and daughters naturally can't be best friends.

    Dr. Irene S. Levine: Can a mother be a daughter's best friend?

  • Probably the best way to solve the problem about which my original correspondent wrote — as still other readers pointed out — would be to sidestep it and call the twosome an engaged couple, affianced, or something else in which the words have no gender.

    Word Court

  • Probably the best way to solve the problem about which my original correspondent wrote — as still other readers pointed out — would be to sidestep it and call the twosome an engaged couple, affianced, or something else in which the words have no gender.

    Word Court

  • There's little he can do about that; the twosome are the best-selling duo in music history.

    Aspen Times - Top Stories

  • There's little he can do about that; the twosome are the best-selling duo in music history.

    Aspen Times - Top Stories

  • Arguments between mothers and teenage daughters may be as regular as rain, but when the twosome is a high-strung, reactive mother and a high-strung, pubescent daughter, it can look so crazy that dads are mystified by the emotional downpour.

    NPR Topics: News

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