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[noh-net] /noʊˈnɛt/
noun, Music.
a group of nine performers or instruments.
a composition for a nonet.
Origin of nonet
1860-65; < Italian nonetto, derivative of nono ninth < Latin nōnus. See -et Unabridged
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  • I gave several of my quartets and quintets, and on the second day my nonet.

  • "Well, when he does let me know," nonet suggested smilingly.

    The Exploits of Juve

    Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain
  • Then what was her business with those spies, the Sapper and nonet?

    The Exploits of Juve

    Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain
  • A curious and elaborate allegro molto furnishes the finale, and ends the "nonet" surprisingly with an abrupt major chord.

  • At the back of the tavern, the group which nonet had joined were discussing strange doings.

    The Exploits of Juve

    Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain
British Dictionary definitions for nonet


a piece of music composed for a group of nine instruments
an instrumental group of nine players
Word Origin
C19: from Italian nonetto, from nono ninth, from Latin nōnus
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Word Origin and History for nonet

"composition for nine instruments," 1865, from Italian nonetto, from nono "ninth," from Latin nonus (see nones).

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