quints

quint

1 [kwint, kint]
noun
1.
an organ stop sounding a fifth higher than the corresponding digitals.
2.
Piquet. a sequence of five cards of the same suit, as an ace, king, queen, jack, and ten (quint major) or a king, queen, jack, ten, and nine (quint minor)

Origin:
1520–30; < French quinte (feminine of quint) < Latin quīnta, feminine of quīntus fifth

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quint

2 [kwint]
noun Informal.
a quintuplet.

Origin:
1930–35; shortened form

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quint1
 
n
1.  an organ stop sounding a note a fifth higher than that normally produced by the key depressed
2.  piquet a sequence of five cards in the same suit
 
[C17: from French quinte, from Latin quintus fifth]

quint2 (kwɪnt)
 
n
(US), (Canadian) short for quintuplet Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): quin

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quint
1526, "a tax of one-fifth," from M.Fr. quint, from L. quintus, ordinal to quinque "five" (see quinque-). First attested 1935 as a shortening of quintuplet (Amer.Eng.; British preferred quin); used originally of the Dionne quintuplets, born May 28, 1934, near Callander, Ontario, Canada.
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quint
quintuplet
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