duet

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n duet (ballet) a dance for two people (usually a ballerina and a danseur noble)
    • n duet a musical composition for two performers
    • n duet a pair who associate with one another "the engaged couple","an inseparable twosome"
    • n duet two performers or singers who perform together
    • n duet two items of the same kind
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Duet (Mus) A composition for two performers, whether vocal or instrumental.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n duet A musical composition either for two voices or for two instruments, or for two performers on one instrument, and either with or without accompaniment.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Duet dū-et′ a composition in music for two voices, instruments, or instrumentalists
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Quotations

  • Joe Murray
    Joe Murray
    “Marriage should be a duet-when one sings, the other claps.”
  • Henry Lewis Stimson
    Henry Lewis Stimson
    “Marriage should be a duet -- when one sings, the other claps. Joe Murray The only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Duetto
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
It. duetto, due, two—L. duo, two.

Usage

In literature:

To call a halt eighteen times in the middle of the romantic duet between the unhappy innkeeper's daughter and the prince.
"A Village of Vagabonds" by F. Berkeley Smith
Nope, you're kind to your cat, Milt, but you weren't cut out to be no parlor-organ duet.
"Free Air" by Sinclair Lewis
The audience probably thought it was a duet.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
It is fatal if, in a duet, one breathes fire and the other frost.
"Northern Lights" by Gilbert Parker
She had numberless schemes of occupation, duets, French readings, and splashwork.
"The Third Miss Symons" by Flora Macdonald Mayor
A duet succeeded to the solos.
"The Conspirators" by Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
Then there were more solos and duets, with obbligatos for the violin.
"The Martian" by George Du Maurier
An hour was then spent in solos, duets, quartettes, choruses, etc.
"Doctor Jones' Picnic" by S. E. Chapman
Eventually the geophysicist and the meteorologist completed their duet to the accompaniment of oceanographers and geologists.
"Eight Keys to Eden" by Mark Irvin Clifton
If you like that kind of music, you should hear their duet about breakfast time.
"Reels and Spindles" by Evelyn Raymond
And finally they began to sing duets together, his clear, rich, mellow tenor blending well with Flora's sweet, sympathetic soprano.
"Dick Leslie's Luck" by Harry Collingwood
They sing a duet, 'True Love Is Best,' and you have to imagine what the king said.
"Marjorie Dean" by Pauline Lester
Thereupon he told of the Christmas supper, Colonel Macleod's request, and the duet.
"A Man of Two Countries" by Alice Harriman
I felt dimly amazed at finding myself still alive: there were two tigers and they were diabolically squalling out a love-duet.
"My Friends the Savages" by Giovanni Battista Cerruti
This was followed by a piano duet, which, in turn, was succeeded by a vocal number.
"Dorothy's Triumph" by Evelyn Raymond
Maggie and Bell broke into a duet of apologies and protestations.
"In Orchard Glen" by Marian Keith
You want something like that to do during the long duets.
"The Smart Set" by Clyde Fitch
The music of the program was furnished by the students, and consisted of piano solos and duets and choruses.
"The American Missionary -- Volume 54, No. 3, July, 1900" by Various
The duet rose, full and sweet and clear, with passionate undertones.
"Unfinished Portraits" by Jennette Lee
A helpless girl and one lone trooper were practising a duet under his very frown.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
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In poetry:

When couples played or sang duets,
It was immoral to have debts:
I shall continue till I die
To pay in cash for what I buy.
"Doggerel" by W H Auden
"Well, take her,' said both of them in a duet
(A favourite form of reply),
"But when I am ready to marry FILLETTE.
Remember you've promised to die!"
"The Two Majors" by William Schwenck Gilbert
A festival song!
The duet of the bridegroom and the bride—a marriage-march,
With lips of love, and hearts of lovers, fill'd to the brim with
love;
"Proud Music Of The Storm" by Walt Whitman
Whereas, were we suffered to do as we please
With our Blacks and our Whites, as of yore we were let,
We might range them alternate, like harpsichord keys,
And between us thump out a good piebald duet.
"Epistle Of Condolence From A Slave-Lord To A Cotton-Lord" by Thomas Moore

In news:

The single duet will be off her Unapologetic album dropping next week.
Things get a little explosive in the video for the Willow and Nicki Minaj duet ' Fireball .
Katy Perry's " Firework " Duet With 11-Year-Old Jodi DiPiazza.
Watch Katy Perry's heartwarming duet of " Firework " with 11-year-old Jodi DiPiazza, who was diagnosed with autism at age 2.
Katy Perry ' Firework ' Duet With One Of Her Fans At Autism Benefit.
In 2009, husband and wife folk duo Anne and Pete Sibley won the Great American Duet Sing-Off and scored a spot on Garrison Keillor's beloved A Prairie Home Companion at The Town Hall NYC.
Blake Shelton & Christina Aguilera Perform There Duet ' Just A Fool ' For The First Time Live Take A Look Below.
Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton duet 'Just a Fool '.
Blake's Got A Duet With Christina Aguilera On Her New CD.
Kelly Clarkson's Dream Duet: Recording a Frank Sinatra Song with Bruno Mars.
I was in Chattanooga, Tenn. Last week, and people were still buzzing about an unusual duet heard on Oct 13, using superlow-latency videoconference technology and the city's new gigabit-per-second fiber-optic network.
KELLY CLARKSON & VINCE GILL DUET ON CMAS.
Kelly Clarkson and Vince Gill duet 'Don't Rush'.
Jewel Duets with Kelly Clarkson on New Greatest Hits CD (Photo Credit: Facebook.com/Jeweljk).
Staff WriterWindsor - posted Wed. Travis, played by Ethan Douglas, and Muriel, played by Amanda Schwartz, perform a duet.
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In science:

One such approach, called DUET [193], transforms the anechoic convolutive observations into the time-frequency domain using a short-time Fourier transform and the relative attenuation and delay values between the two observations are calculated from the ratio of corresponding time-frequency points.
A Unified Approach to Sparse Signal Processing
It has been shown that for such sources, this method outperforms both the Degenerate Unmixing Estimation Technique (DUET) and Li’s algorithms.
A Unified Approach to Sparse Signal Processing
The authors of [197] have recently extended the DUET algorithm to separation of more than two sources in an echoic mixing scenario in the time-frequency domain.
A Unified Approach to Sparse Signal Processing
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