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sextuplet

[seks-tuhp-lit, -too-plit, -tyoo-, seks-too-plit, -tyoo-]
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noun
  1. a group or combination of six things.
  2. one of six offspring born at one birth.
  3. sextuplets, six children or offspring born of one pregnancy.
  4. Music. a group of six notes of equal value performed in the same time normally taken to perform four.
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Origin of sextuplet

1850–55; sextuple + -et; cf. triplet
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Related Words for sextuplet

semester, hexad, sextet, hexagram, hexagon, sextuplet

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Historical Examples of sextuplet

  • The sextuplet differs from a pair of triplets in having but one accent.

    Music Notation and Terminology

    Karl W. Gehrkens

  • Sextuplet—a group of six notes to be performed in the time ordinarily given to four of the same value.


British Dictionary definitions for sextuplet

sextuplet

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

n.

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

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