\ \ [18] The original term for ‘two musicians’ was Italian duo, a descendant of Latin duotwo’.
\ \ English acquired this in the 16th century. But Italian (the major source of Western musical vocabulary) also produced a diminutive form duetto, literally ‘little duo’, which English borrowed either directly (the unanglicized form duetto was used in English for about a hundred years from the 1720s) or perhaps via German duett.
\ \ Cf.TWO

Word origins - 2ed. . 2005.

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