- The definition of gamut is the entire range or extent of something.
An example of gamut is a clothing collection that includes every color of the rainbow.
This collection of shirts runs the gamut of color.
- the lowest note of the medieval scale, corresponding to modern G below middle C
- the complete medieval scale
- the entire series of recognized notes in modern music
- any complete musical scale, esp. the major scale
- the entire range or extent, as of emotions
Origin of gamutMedieval Latin gamma ut ; from gamma, the gamut, name used by Guido d'Arezzo for the lowest note of his scale (; from Classical Greek gamma, gamma) + ut ; from Classical Latin ut, that, used as a musical note, taken from a medieval song whose phrases began on successive ascending major tones: Ut queant laxis Resonare fibris, Mira gestorum Famuli tuorum, Solve polluti Labii reatum, Sancte Iohannes
- A complete range or extent: a face that expressed a gamut of emotions, from rage to peaceful contentment.
- Music The entire series of recognized notes.
Origin of gamutMiddle English, the musical scale, from Medieval Latin gamma ut, low G : gamma, lowest note of the medieval scale (from Greek, gamma; see gamma) + ut, first note of the lowest hexachord (after ut, first word in a Latin hymn to Saint John the Baptist, the initial syllables of successive lines of which were sung to the notes of an ascending scale CDEFGA: Ut queant laxis resonare fibris Mira gestorum famuli tuorum, Solve polluti labii reatum, Sancte Iohannes).
1520s, original sense “lowest note of musical scale”, from Medieval Latin gamma ut, from gamma (“(Greek letter, corresponding to the musical note G)”) + ut (“first solfège syllable, now replaced by do”). In modern terms, “G do” – the first note of the G scale . Meaning later extended to mean all the notes of a scale, and then more generally any complete range.