Definitions for quintetkwɪnˈtɛt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


or quin•tette

  1. any set or group of five persons or things.

  2. a group of five singers or players.

  3. a musical composition scored for five voices or instruments.

Origin of quintet:

1805–15; < F quintette < It quintetto, dim. of quintofifth< L quīntus

Princeton's WordNet

  1. quintet, quintette(noun)

    a musical composition for five performers

  2. five, 5, V, cinque, quint, quintet, fivesome, quintuplet, pentad, fin, Phoebe, Little Phoebe(noun)

    the cardinal number that is the sum of four and one

  3. quintet, quintette(noun)

    five performers or singers who perform together

  4. quintet, quintette, quintuplet, quintuple(noun)

    a set of five similar things considered as a unit

  5. quintet, quintette, fivesome(noun)

    five people considered as a unit


  1. quintet(Noun)

    A composition (a type of chamber music) in five parts (typically each a singer or instrumentalist, sometimes several musicians)

  2. quintet(Noun)

    A group of five musicians, fit to play such a piece of music together

  3. quintet(Noun)

    Any group of five members

  4. Origin: From quintetto, diminutive of quinto, itself from quintus, related to quinque.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quintet(noun)

    alt. of Quintette


  1. Quintet

    A quintet is a group containing five members. It is commonly associated with musical groups, such as a string quintet, or a group of five singers, but can be applied to any situation where five similar or related objects are considered a single unit. In classical instrumental music, any additional instrument joined to the usual string quartet, gives the resulting ensemble its name, such as "piano quintet", "clarinet quintet", etc. A piece of music written for such a group is similarly named. In jazz music, a quintet is group of five players, usually consisting of two of any of the following instruments, guitar, trumpet, saxophone, clarinet, flute or trombone in addition to traditional jazz trio – piano, double bass, drums. In some modern bands there are quintets formed from the same family of instruments with various voices, as an all-brass ensemble, or all saxophones, in soprano, alto, baritone, and bass, and sometimes double bass. The standard woodwind quintet, for example, consists of one player each on flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and French horn, while the standard brass quintet has two trumpets, French horn, trombone, and tuba or bass trombone. Any combination, however, is possible.

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a group of five singers or people playing musical instruments.

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