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


twosome (not comparable)

  1. Being or constituting a pair; two.
  2. Twofold; double.
  3. Performed by two individuals.
    a twosome dance


twosome (plural twosomes)

  1. A group of two; a pair; a couple; a group of two distinct individuals or components.
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter III:
      And I was tooling along a mossy path with the brow a bit wet with honest sweat, when there came to my ears the unmistakable sound of somebody reading poetry to someone, and the next moment I found myself confronting a mixed twosome who had dropped anchor beneath a shady tree in what is known as a leafy glade.
  2. A dance for two people.