The definition of gamut is the entire range or extent of something.noun
An example of gamut is a clothing collection that includes every color of the rainbow.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- 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: ML gamma ut < gamma, the gamut, name used by Guido d'Arezzo for the lowest note of his scale (< Gr gamma, gamma) + ut < L 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
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- 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: Middle 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).
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