or quin·tette

[ kwin-tet ]
/ kwɪnˈtɛt /


any set or group of five persons or things.
an organized group of five singers or players.
a musical composition scored for five voices or instruments.

Origin of quintet

1805–15; < French quintette < Italian quintetto, diminutive of quinto fifth < Latin quīntus
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British Dictionary definitions for quintet



/ (kwɪnˈtɛt) /


a group of five singers or instrumentalists or a piece of music composed for such a group
any group of five

Word Origin for quintet

C19: from Italian quintetto, from quinto fifth
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Cultural definitions for quintet


A group of five musicians; also, a piece of music for five instruments or voices.

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