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.

Nearby words

  1. quinternion,
  2. quintero,
  3. quintessence,
  4. quintessential,
  5. quintessentially,
  6. quintic,
  7. quintile,
  8. quintilian,
  9. quintillion,
  10. quintuple

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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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for quintet


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

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