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noun Music.
  1. a group of nine performers or instruments.
  2. a composition for a nonet.
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Origin of nonet

1860–65; < Italian nonetto, derivative of nono ninth < Latin nōnus. See -et
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Examples from the Web for nonet

Historical Examples

  • I gave several of my quartets and quintets, and on the second day my nonet.

    Louis Spohr's Autobiography

    Louis Spohr

  • "Well, when he does let me know," Nonet suggested smilingly.

    The Exploits of Juve

    Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain

  • Then what was her business with those spies, the Sapper and Nonet?

    The Exploits of Juve

    Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain

  • A curious and elaborate allegro molto furnishes the finale, and ends the "Nonet" surprisingly with an abrupt major chord.

  • At the back of the tavern, the group which Nonet had joined were discussing strange doings.

    The Exploits of Juve

    Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain

British Dictionary definitions for nonet


  1. a piece of music composed for a group of nine instruments
  2. an instrumental group of nine players
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Word Origin

C19: from Italian nonetto, from nono ninth, from Latin nōnus
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Word Origin and History for nonet

"composition for nine instruments," 1865, from Italian nonetto, from nono "ninth," from Latin nonus (see nones).

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