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  1. any group of seven persons or things.
  2. a company of seven singers or musicians.
  3. a musical composition for seven voices or instruments.
Also especially British, sep·tette.

Origin of septet

From German, dating back to 1830–40; see origin at septi-, -et
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Examples from the Web for septet

Historical Examples

  • They are an introduction, a chorus, and a septet, not a sextet as he said.

    Richard Wagner His Life and His Dramas

    W. J. Henderson

  • Septet hath made Unas fly to heaven to be with his brethren the gods.

  • You may perhaps be surprised that I make no difference of price between the sonata, septet, and symphony.

  • Moreover, I believe Salomon to be as incapable of the baseness of engraving the septet as I am of selling it to him.

  • A grand, swinging theme in which all the voices move together like a great pendulum is the final of this septet.

    Stars of the Opera

    Mabel Wagnalls

British Dictionary definitions for septet



  1. music a group of seven singers or instrumentalists or a piece of music composed for such a group
  2. a group of seven people or things

Word Origin

C19: from German, from Latin septem seven
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Word Origin and History for septet


1828, from German Septett, from Latin septem "seven" (see seven).

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