sextet

sextet

[seks-tet]
noun
1.
any group or set of six.
2.
Also, sestet. Music.
a.
a company of six singers or players.
b.
a musical composition for six voices or instruments.
Also, sextette.


Origin:
1835–45; half-Latinized variant of sestet; see sex-

sextant, sextet, sexton.
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sextet or sextette (sɛksˈtɛt)
 
n
1.  music a group of six singers or instrumentalists or a piece of music composed for such a group
2.  a group of six people or things
 
[C19: variant of sestet, with Latinization of ses-]
 
sextette or sextette
 
n
 
[C19: variant of sestet, with Latinization of ses-]

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sextet
1841, altered (by influence of Ger. Sextett) from sestet (1801), from It. sestetto, dim. of sesto "sixth," from L. sextus (see Sextus).
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