- a group of nine performers or instruments.
- a composition for a nonet.
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
I gave several of my quartets and quintets, and on the second day my nonet.Louis Spohr's Autobiography
"Well, when he does let me know," Nonet suggested smilingly.
Then what was her business with those spies, the Sapper and Nonet?
A curious and elaborate allegro molto furnishes the finale, and ends the "Nonet" surprisingly with an abrupt major chord.Contemporary American Composers
At the back of the tavern, the group which Nonet had joined were discussing strange doings.
- a piece of music composed for a group of nine instruments
- an instrumental group of nine players
C19: from Italian nonetto, from nono ninth, from Latin nōnus
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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