- See under quint1(def 2).
Origin of quint major
- an organ stop sounding a fifth higher than the corresponding digitals.
- Piquet. a sequence of five cards of the same suit, as an ace, king, queen, jack, and ten (quint major), or a king, queen, jack, ten, and nine (quint minor).
Origin of quint1
- (kwɪnt) an organ stop sounding a note a fifth higher than that normally produced by the key depressed
- (kɪnt) piquet a sequence of five cards in the same suit
- US and Canadian short for quintuplet Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): quin
Word Origin and History for quint major
1520s, "a tax of one-fifth," from Middle French quint, from Latin quintus "the fifth," ordinal to quinque "five" (see quinque-). Used in English of various groups of five since 17c. First attested 1935 as a shortening of quintuplet (American English; British English prefers quin); used originally of the Dionne quintuplets, born May 28, 1934, near Callander, Ontario, Canada.