[ seks-tuhp-lit, -too-plit, -tyoo-, seks-too-plit, -tyoo- ]
/ sɛksˈtʌp lɪt, -ˈtu plɪt, -ˈtyu-, ˈsɛks tʊ plɪt, -tyʊ- /


a group or combination of six things.
one of six offspring born at one birth.
sextuplets, six children or offspring born of one pregnancy.
Music. a group of six notes of equal value performed in the same time normally taken to perform four.

Nearby words

  1. sexto,
  2. sextodecimo,
  3. sexton,
  4. sexton, anne,
  5. sextuple,
  6. sextuplex,
  7. sextuplicate,
  8. sextus,
  9. sexual,
  10. sexual abuse

Origin of sextuplet

1850–55; sextuple + -et; cf. triplet Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sextuplet


/ (ˈsɛkstjʊplɪt) /


one of six offspring born at one birth
a group of six things
music a group of six notes played in a time value of four
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Word Origin and History for sextuplet



1852, from adjective sextuple (1620s); patterned on triplet, etc.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper