sextet

or sex·tette

[ seks-tet ]
/ sɛksˈtɛt /

noun

any group or set of six.
Also sestet. Music.
  1. a company of six singers or players.
  2. a musical composition for six voices or instruments.

Nearby words

  1. sextan,
  2. sextans,
  3. sextant,
  4. sextantis,
  5. sextern,
  6. sextic,
  7. sextile,
  8. sextillion,
  9. sexting,
  10. sexto

Origin of sextet

1835–45; half-Latinized variant of sestet; see sex-

Can be confusedsextant sextet sexton

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British Dictionary definitions for sextet

sextet

sextette

/ (sɛksˈtɛt) /

noun

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

Word Origin for sextet

C19: variant of sestet, with Latinization of ses-

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Word Origin and History for sextet

sextet

n.

1841, altered (by influence of German Sextett) from sestet.

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