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quintet (n.)

1811, also quintette, "composition for five solo voices or instruments," from Italian quintetto, diminutive of quinto "fifth," from Latin quintus "the fifth," related to quinque "five" (from PIE root *penkwe- "five"). Earlier in English in the Italian form, quintetto (1792). Meaning "a company of five singers or players" is from 1882.

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Definitions of quintet

quintet (n.)
a musical composition for five performers;
Synonyms: quintette
quintet (n.)
five performers or singers who perform together;
Synonyms: quintette
quintet (n.)
a set of five similar things considered as a unit;
Synonyms: quintette / quintuplet / quintuple
quintet (n.)
five people considered as a unit;
Synonyms: quintette / fivesome
quintet (n.)
the cardinal number that is the sum of four and one;
Synonyms: five / " / v / cinque / quint / fivesome / quintuplet / pentad / fin / Phoebe / Little Phoebe
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