Quintet definition

kwĭn-tĕt
Any group or set of five persons or things.
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A group of five.
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A composition for five voices or five instruments.
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A group of five singers or five instrumentalists.
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A composition for five voices or five instruments, as for string quartet and piano.
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A group of five performers of such a composition, or any group of five musicians playing together.
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A five-bit byte. See also bit and byte.
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(music) A composition (a type of chamber music) in five parts (typically each a singer or instrumentalist, sometimes several musicians)
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(music) A group of five musicians, fit to play such a piece of music together.
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Any group of five members.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
quintet
Plural:
quintets

Origin of quintet

  • Probably from Italian quintetto diminutive of quinto fifth from Latin quīntus penkwe in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Italian quintetto, diminutive of quinto (“fifth"), itself from Latin quintus, related to quÄ«nque (“five").

    From Wiktionary