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quintet

[kwin-tet] /kwɪnˈtɛt/
noun
1.
any set or group of five persons or things.
2.
an organized group of five singers or players.
3.
a musical composition scored for five voices or instruments.
Also, quintette.
Origin
1805-1815
1805-15; < French quintette < Italian quintetto, diminutive of quinto fifth < Latin quīntus
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British Dictionary definitions for quintette

quintet

/kwɪnˈtɛt/
noun
1.
a group of five singers or instrumentalists or a piece of music composed for such a group
2.
any group of five
Word Origin
C19: from Italian quintetto, from quinto fifth
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Word Origin and History for quintette

quintet

n.

1811, "composition for five voices," from Italian quintetto, diminutive of quinto "fifth," from Latin quintus "the fifth," related to quinque "five" (see quinque-). Meaning "set of five singers or players" is from 1882.

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quintette in Culture

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

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Encyclopedia Article for quintette

quintet

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

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