Definition of quintet in English:


Line breaks: quin|tet
Pronunciation: /kwɪnˈtɛt


  • 1A group of five people playing music or singing together: a jazz quintet played hypnotic Chicago blues
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    • He believes that you increase your understanding by playing in small ensembles - three, four or five people in trios, quartets and quintets.
    • Incorporating various styles of rock, jazz, blues and folk music, the quintet is lead by Matthews on guitar and vocals.
    • Then as well we were treated to beautiful Mozart and Strauss music by a delightful quintet in traditional costume.
  • 1.1A musical composition for a quintet: the music of a Mozart quintet
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    • We also learn that the quintets were composed for the Spanish Royal Family to be played in the splendid retreat of El Escorial which was apparently quite a musical haven in the 18th century.
    • These two quintets contain music that is extremely pleasant and also very relaxing without being too troublesome on the intellectual side.
    • There is a great deal of Dvorak chamber music - 14 string quartets and three quintets, as well as 10 trios, quartets and quintets with piano - and only a fraction of it is heard regularly in recitals.
  • 1.2Any group of five people or things: a novel about a quintet of interrelated lovers


late 18th century: from French quintette or Italian quintetto, from quinto 'fifth', from Latin quintus.

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