AskDefine | Define duo

Dictionary Definition



1 two items of the same kind [syn: couple, pair, twosome, twain, brace, span, yoke, couplet, distich, duet, dyad, duad]
2 two performers or singers who perform together [syn: duet, duette]
3 a pair who associate with one another; "the engaged couple"; "an inseparable twosome" [syn: couple, twosome, duet]
4 a musical composition for two performers [syn: duet, duette] [also: dui (pl)]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. twosome, especially musicians


twosome, especially musicians
  • Dutch: duo, paar, koppel
  • German: Duo
  • Hungarian: duó
  • Icelandic: dúó , par
  • Slovene: duet

See also






Cardinal number



Cardinal number

duo m|n (feminine: duae, ordinal: secundus)
  1. two
    Dixit duas res ei rubori fuisse.
    He said that two things had abashed him.


Irregular. (Note: the word "duo", by definition, has no singular.)

Related terms



  1. many; much
    zhe fen baozhi you hen duo guanggao. "This newspaper has a lot of advertisement."
    he tai duo kafei dui shenti bu hao. "To drink coffee too much is bad for health."
    women xuexiao de jianshenfang you hen duo tiyu qixie. "There're many sports apparatuses in the gymnasium of our school.
    zhe jian yiyuan li you hen duo bingren. (zhè jiàn yīyuàn li yǒu hěn duō bìngrén. 这间医院里有很多病人.) — There are many patients in this hospital.

Pinyin syllable

  1. A transliteration of any of a number of Chinese characters properly represented as having one of four tones, duō, duó, duǒ, or duò.

Usage notes

English transcriptions of Chinese speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Chinese language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.




Extensive Definition

For the numerical prefix duo- see Wiktionary.
Duo (Latin for two) may refer to:

See also

  • Multiple birth, two humans sharing the same gestational period
  • Bicinium, a duo with a specifically pedagogical intent in Renaissance music
duo in German: Duo (Begriffsklärung)
duo in Italian: DUO
duo in Japanese: デュオ
duo in Portuguese: Duo (desambiguação)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

both, brace, couple, couplet, distich, double harness, doublet, duad, duet, duettino, dyad, ensemble music, ensemble singing, match, mates, octet, pair, part music, part singing, part song, polyphonic music, quartet, quintet, septet, septuor, sestet, set of two, sextet, span, team, terzet, terzetto, the two, trio, twain, two, twosome, yoke
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