octette

octet

[ok-tet]
noun
1.
a company of eight singers or musicians.
2.
a musical composition for eight voices or instruments.
3.
Prosody, octave ( def 4 ).
4.
any group of eight.
Also, octette.


Origin:
1860–65; oct- + -et, as in duet

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octet (ɒkˈtɛt)
 
n
1.  any group of eight, esp eight singers or musicians
2.  a piece of music composed for such a group
3.  prosody another word for octave
4.  chem a group of eight electrons forming a stable shell in an atom
 
[C19: from Latin octo eight, on the model of duet]

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