[ sep-tet ]
/ sɛpˈtɛt /


any group of seven persons or things.
a company of seven singers or musicians.
a musical composition for seven voices or instruments.


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Also especially British, sep·tette.

Origin of septet

From German, dating back to 1830–40; see origin at septi-, -et Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for septet



/ (sɛpˈtɛt) /


music a group of seven singers or instrumentalists or a piece of music composed for such a group
a group of seven people or things

Word Origin for septet

C19: from German, from Latin septem seven
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