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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
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Examples from the Web for quint
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  • quint, a black-haired youth of twenty, gave a repressed whoop.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • "It would 'a' been luckier if they hadn't hit him at all, quint," answered Jumbo dryly.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • She paused a moment; then she added: "quint was much too free."

    The Turn of the Screw Henry James
  • So he goes to his broker, who goes to a big feller, who goes to quint, who goes to us.

    The Dark Star Robert W. Chambers
  • Doc Curfoot climbed in and took the wheel; quint followed him.

    The Dark Star Robert W. Chambers
  • “I thought Captain quint very interesting,” ventured Ruhannah.

    The Dark Star Robert W. Chambers
  • I shouted; and quint turned and looked at me, and he smiled.

    All the Brothers Were Valiant

    Ben Ames Williams
  • She paused a moment; then she added: quint was much too free.

    The Two Magics Henry James
  • quint thought for a moment, and then he said: "Those who have the gift."

    The Blue Rose Fairy Book Maurice Baring
  • quint shook his head impatiently, apparently preoccupied with other thoughts.

    Police!!! Robert W. Chambers
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
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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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