• synonyms


  1. any group of seven persons or things.
  2. a company of seven singers or musicians.
  3. a musical composition for seven voices or instruments.
Show More
Also especially British, sep·tette.

Origin of septet

From German, dating back to 1830–40; see origin at septi-, -et
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for septet

Historical Examples of septet

  • They are an introduction, a chorus, and a septet, not a sextet as he said.

    Richard Wagner His Life and His Dramas

    W. J. Henderson

  • Septet hath made Unas fly to heaven to be with his brethren the gods.

  • You may perhaps be surprised that I make no difference of price between the sonata, septet, and symphony.

  • Moreover, I believe Salomon to be as incapable of the baseness of engraving the septet as I am of selling it to him.

  • A grand, swinging theme in which all the voices move together like a great pendulum is the final of this septet.

    Stars of the Opera

    Mabel Wagnalls

British Dictionary definitions for septet



  1. music a group of seven singers or instrumentalists or a piece of music composed for such a group
  2. a group of seven people or things
Show More

Word Origin for septet

C19: from German, from Latin septem seven
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for septet


1828, from German Septett, from Latin septem "seven" (see seven).

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper