- any group of seven persons or things.
- a company of seven singers or musicians.
- a musical composition for seven voices or instruments.
Also especially British, sep·tette.
Origin of septet
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Examples from the Web for septet
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.The Literature of the Ancient Egyptians
E. A. Wallis Budge
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
- music a group of seven singers or instrumentalists or a piece of music composed for such a group
- a group of seven people or things
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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