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quintet

or quin·tette

[ kwin-tet ]
/ kwɪnˈtɛt /
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noun
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.
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Origin of quintet

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

quintet

quintette

/ (kwɪnˈtɛt) /

noun
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

quintet

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

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