a. A composition for eight voices or eight instruments.
b. A group of eight singers or eight instrumentalists.
- A group of eight: “A train of heavy wagons rumbled north on the Winnipeg Trail, drawn by octets of oxen” (Garrison Keillor).
- See octave.
- A set of eight valence electrons in an atom or ion, forming a stable configuration.
Origin: Alteration (influenced by octo- and duet)
Origin: of Italian ottetto
Origin: , from otto, eight
Origin: , from Latin octō; see oktō(u) in Indo-European roots