AskDefine | Define duet

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1 two items of the same kind [syn: couple, pair, twosome, twain, brace, span, yoke, couplet, distich, duo, dyad, duad]
2 two performers or singers who perform together [syn: duette, duo]
3 a pair who associate with one another; "the engaged couple"; "an inseparable twosome" [syn: couple, twosome, duo]
4 a musical composition for two performers [syn: duette, duo]
5 (ballet) a dance for two people (usually a ballerina and a danseur noble) [syn: pas de deux]

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Ultimately from Latin duo, two



  1. A musical composition for two performers.


a musical composition for two performers
  • Catalan: duo , duet
  • German: Duett
  • Hungarian: duett, duó, kettős
  • Slovene: duet
  • Spanish: dúo , dueto

Extensive Definition

For other uses of the term see Duet (disambiguation)
thumb|right|The duet, by [[Hendrik ter Brugghen]] A duet is a musical composition or piece for two performers. In classical music the term is most often used for a composition for two singers or pianists; with other instruments, the word duo is also often used. A piece performed by two pianists performing together on the same piano is referred to as piano duet or piano four hands. A piece for two pianists performing together on separate pianos is referred to as a piano duo.
"Duet" is also used as a verb for the act of performing a musical duet, or colloquially as a noun to refer to the performers of a duet. The word is also occasionally used in reference to non-musical activities performed together by two people.
In Renaissance music, a duet specifically intended as a teaching tool, to be performed by teacher and student, was called a bicinium (see etude).
duet in Arabic: ثنائي (موسيقى)
duet in Czech: Duet
duet in Danish: Duet
duet in German: Duett
duet in Spanish: Dúo
duet in French: Duo
duet in Italian: Duetto (musica)
duet in Hebrew: דואט
duet in Dutch: Duet
duet in Japanese: 二人組
duet in Norwegian: Duett
duet in Polish: Duet
duet in Russian: Дуэт
duet in Finnish: Duetto
duet in Swedish: Duett

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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