quintuplet

[kwin-tuhp-lit, -too-plit, -tyoo-, kwin-too-plit, -tyoo-]
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noun
  1. any group or combination of five, especially of the same kind.
  2. quintuplets, five children or offspring born of one pregnancy.
  3. one of five such children or offspring.
  4. Music. a group of five notes of equal value performed in the time normally taken for four.

Origin of quintuplet

First recorded in 1870–75; quintuple + -et
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Historical Examples of quintuplet

  • Quintole, quintuplet—a group of five notes to be performed in the time ordinarily given to four notes of the same value.


British Dictionary definitions for quintuplet

quintuplet

noun
  1. a group or set of five similar things
  2. one of five offspring born at one birthOften shortened to: quin
  3. music a group of five notes to be played in a time value of three, four, or some other value
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Word Origin and History for quintuplet
n.

1873, "set of five things" (originally in music), from quintuple (adj.) with ending from triplet. In plural, "five children at one birth" it is recorded from 1889.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

quintuplet in Medicine

quintuplet

[kwĭn-tŭplĭt, -tōōplĭt, kwĭntə-plĭt]
n.
  1. One of five offspring born in a single birth.
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