- any group or set of six.
- Also sestet. Music.
- a company of six singers or players.
- a musical composition for six voices or instruments.
Origin of sextet
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Examples from the Web for sextet
The greatest ensemble number in Italian opera, the sextet, has begun.The Complete Opera Book
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
As a sextet, there's no use denying that we are rather lovely to look at.The Seven Darlings
I hope you will be pleased to hear I have composed a sextet for strings.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
Sextet for two clarionets, two flutes, and two bassoons; performed 1804-5.Beethoven: A Memoir (2nd Ed.)
- music a group of six singers or instrumentalists or a piece of music composed for such a group
- a group of six people or things
C19: variant of sestet, with Latinization of ses-
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Word Origin and History for sextet
1841, altered (by influence of German Sextett) from sestet.
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