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octet

or oc·tette

[ok-tet]
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noun
  1. a company of eight singers or musicians.
  2. a musical composition for eight voices or instruments.
  3. Prosody. octave(def 4).
  4. any group of eight.
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Origin of octet

1860–65; oct- + -et, as in duet
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octet

noun
  1. any group of eight, esp eight singers or musicians
  2. a piece of music composed for such a group
  3. prosody another word for octave (def. 2)
  4. chem a group of eight electrons forming a stable shell in an atom
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Also (for senses 1, 2, 3): octette

Word Origin

C19: from Latin octo eight, on the model of duet
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