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quint major

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Origin of quint major

First recorded in 1655–65


[kwint, kint]
  1. an organ stop sounding a fifth higher than the corresponding digitals.
  2. Piquet. a sequence of five cards of the same suit, as an ace, king, queen, jack, and ten (quint major), or a king, queen, jack, ten, and nine (quint minor).
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Origin of quint1

1520–30; < French quinte (feminine of quint) < Latin quīnta, feminine of quīntus fifth
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British Dictionary definitions for quint major


  1. (kwɪnt) an organ stop sounding a note a fifth higher than that normally produced by the key depressed
  2. (kɪnt) piquet a sequence of five cards in the same suit
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Word Origin

C17: from French quinte, from Latin quintus fifth


  1. US and Canadian short for quintuplet Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): quin
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Word Origin and History for quint major



1520s, "a tax of one-fifth," from Middle French quint, from Latin quintus "the fifth," ordinal to quinque "five" (see quinque-). Used in English of various groups of five since 17c. First attested 1935 as a shortening of quintuplet (American English; British English prefers quin); used originally of the Dionne quintuplets, born May 28, 1934, near Callander, Ontario, Canada.

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