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or sextette

[seks-tet] /sɛksˈtɛt/
any group or set of six.
Also, sestet. Music.
  1. a company of six singers or players.
  2. a musical composition for six voices or instruments.
Origin of sextet
1835-45; half-Latinized variant of sestet; see sex-
Can be confused
sextant, sextet, sexton. Unabridged
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  • Each central globe yields a sextet and a quartet, and the rod sets free two quartets and a peculiarly formed sextet.

    Occult Chemistry Annie Besant and Charles W. Leadbeater
  • I hope you will be pleased to hear I have composed a sextet for strings.

  • The greatest ensemble number in Italian opera, the sextet, has begun.

  • The sextet is well divided from the Octave, the climax is clearly underlined.

    Avril H. Belloc
  • The preliminary encounter was a mortifying experience for the sextet of overconfident youth.

    The Doomsman Van Tassel Sutphen
  • Is it wise to accept the offer of the Opera Direction, for the sextet seems to point to the fact that I am going down-hill?

  • sextet for two clarionets, two flutes, and two bassoons; performed 1804-5.

  • His large Spanish hat fell at a gesture he made, and immediately the instruments and the singers began the sextet.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • After narrowly escaping broken bones and chewed arms Bill decided that the sextet could go as it was.

    The Orphan Clarence E. Mulford
  • The sextet in "Lucia" rises to the full height of the dramatic situation that has been created.

British Dictionary definitions for sextet


(music) a group of six singers or instrumentalists or a piece of music composed for such a group
a group of six people or things
Word Origin
C19: variant of sestet, with Latinization of ses-
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Word Origin and History for sextet

1841, altered (by influence of German Sextett) from sestet.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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