- 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
Examples from the Web for quintet
But even if they fail at that, beating this quintet would make for a huge silver lining.Five Awful GOP Governors Who Need to Go
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Upon Googling pictures of this quintet, you will begin debating with your friends over who is the most attractive band member.One Direction Is a Boy Band That Proves You Can Be Both Famous and Unknown
August 28, 2013
Brubeck and his quintet hit the road in 1954, touring American colleges and universities.Dave Brubeck Was Jazz’s Greatest Centrist
December 5, 2012
Snowe, who won her 2006 race with an astonishing 74 percent of the vote, is the most liberal of the quintet.The Tea Party Targets
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Quintet for two violins, two violas, and violoncello, in C major; ded.Beethoven: A Memoir (2nd Ed.)
The remaining four atoms of the quintet divide into two duads.Occult Chemistry
Annie Besant and Charles W. Leadbeater
According to Wagner's directions, the curtain goes down after this quintet, but the music continues until the scene is changed.
Now, on the occasion in question, the quintet evoked so much enthusiasm that a storm of applause arose.
Which quintet of gentlemen at once went into the Church, and commenced a whispered conversation with the ecclesiastical Ruin.The Adventures of Mr. Verdant Green, Vols. I to III
- a group of five singers or instrumentalists or a piece of music composed for such a group
- any group of five
Word Origin and History for quintet
1811, "composition for five voices," from Italian quintetto, diminutive of quinto "fifth," from Latin quintus "the fifth," related to quinque "five" (see quinque-). Meaning "set of five singers or players" is from 1882.
A group of five musicians; also, a piece of music for five instruments or voices.