[kwin-tet] /kwɪnˈtɛt/

any set or group of five persons or things.
an organized group of five singers or players.
a musical composition scored for five voices or instruments.
a group of five singers or instrumentalists or a piece of music composed for such a group
any group of five

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.

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


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