Gamut definition

gămət
A complete range or extent.

A face that expressed a gamut of emotions, from rage to peaceful contentment.

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(music) The entire series of recognized notes.
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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.

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The entire range or extent, as of emotions.
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The lowest note of the medieval scale, corresponding to modern G below middle C.
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The complete medieval scale.
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The entire series of recognized notes in modern music.
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Any complete musical scale, esp. the major scale.
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A (normally) complete range.
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(music) All the notes in the musical scale.
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All the colours available to a device such as a monitor or printer.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
gamut
Plural:
gamuts

Origin of gamut

  • Middle English the musical scale from Medieval Latin gamma ut low G gamma lowest note of the medieval scale (from Greek gamma 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)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary