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[kwint, kint] /kwɪnt, kɪnt/
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
1520-30; < French quinte (feminine of quint) < Latin quīnta, feminine of quīntus fifth


[kwint] /kwɪnt/
noun, Informal.
a quintuplet.
First recorded in 1930-35; shortened form


(in prescriptions) fifth.
From the Latin word quīntus Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "It's Bill's," said quint, coolly ripping up another breadth of carpet and peering under it.

    Police!!! Robert W. Chambers
  • Doc Curfoot climbed in and took the wheel; quint followed him.

    The Dark Star Robert W. Chambers
  • quint shook his head impatiently, apparently preoccupied with other thoughts.

    Police!!! Robert W. Chambers
  • She paused a moment; then she added: quint was much too free.

    The Two Magics Henry James
  • “I thought Captain quint very interesting,” ventured Ruhannah.

    The Dark Star Robert W. Chambers
  • quint thought for a moment, and then he said: "Those who have the gift."

    The Blue Rose Fairy Book Maurice Baring
  • With Mrs. Carew Captain quint exchanged reminiscences of travel on distant seas.

    The Dark Star Robert W. Chambers
  • Alexander Sergievitch had lost a "solo" with quint Major, tous les trois.

    The Green Book Mr Jkai
  • quint, a black-haired youth of twenty, gave a repressed whoop.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • quint looked surprised, and got up out of his chair and lay down quietly across the table.

    All the Brothers Were Valiant Ben Ames Williams
British Dictionary definitions for quint


(kwɪnt). an organ stop sounding a note a fifth higher than that normally produced by the key depressed
(piquet) (kɪnt). a sequence of five cards in the same suit
Word Origin
C17: from French quinte, from Latin quintus fifth


(US & Canadian) short for quintuplet Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) quin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for quint

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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