or sex·tette

[ seks-tet ]
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  1. any group or set of six.

  2. Also sestet. Music.

    • a company of six singers or players.

    • a musical composition for six voices or instruments.

Origin of sextet

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

Words that may be confused with sextet

Words Nearby sextet Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sextet in a sentence

  • The preliminary encounter was a mortifying experience for the sextet of overconfident youth.

    The Doomsman | Van Tassel Sutphen
  • I hope you will be pleased to hear I have composed a sextet for strings.

  • Each central globe yields a sextet and a quartet, and the rod sets free two quartets and a peculiarly formed sextet.

    Occult Chemistry | Annie Besant and Charles W. Leadbeater
  • The central sphere is also figured; the cigar follows its usual course, and its companions unite into a sextet and an octet.

    Occult Chemistry | Annie Besant and Charles W. Leadbeater
  • I thus formed an instrumental sextet, each group of which had a strictly defined part.

    An Autobiography | Igor Stravinsky

British Dictionary definitions for sextet



/ (sɛksˈtɛt) /

  1. music a group of six singers or instrumentalists or a piece of music composed for such a group

  2. a group of six people or things

Origin of sextet

C19: variant of sestet, with Latinization of ses-

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