quint minor


See under quint1(def 2).

Nearby words

  1. quinquevalence,
  2. quinquevalent,
  3. quinsy,
  4. quint,
  5. quint major,
  6. quint.,
  7. quinta,
  8. quintain,
  9. quintal,
  10. quintan

Origin of quint minor

First recorded in 1650–60


[ kwint, kint ]
/ kwɪnt, kɪnt /


an organ stop sounding a fifth higher than the corresponding digitals.
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).

Origin of quint

1520–30; < French quinte (feminine of quint) < Latin quīnta, feminine of quīntus fifth

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British Dictionary definitions for quint minor




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

Word Origin for quint

C17: from French quinte, from Latin quintus fifth


/ (kwɪnt) /


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 minor



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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