any set or group of five persons or things.
an organized group of five singers or players.
a musical composition scored for five voices or instruments.
Also, quintette.

1805–15; < French quintette < Italian quintetto, diminutive of quinto fifth < Latin quīntus

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quintet or quintette (kwɪnˈtɛt)
1.  a group of five singers or instrumentalists or a piece of music composed for such a group
2.  any group of five
[C19: from Italian quintetto, from quinto fifth]
quintette or quintette
[C19: from Italian quintetto, from quinto fifth]

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Word Origin & History

1811, "composition for five voices," from It. quintetto, dim. of quinto "fifth," from L. quintus, related to quinque "five" (see quinque-). Meaning "set of five singers or players" is from 1882.
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quintet definition

A group of five musicians; also, a piece of music for five instruments or voices.

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Encyclopedia Britannica


a musical composition for five instruments or voices; also, a group of five musicians performing such a composition

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Bliss quintet for clarinet and strings, with frederick thurston.
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