octet

noun
oc·​tet | \ äk-ˈtet How to pronounce octet (audio) \

Definition of octet

1 : a musical composition for eight instruments or voices
2 : a group or set of eight: such as
b : the performers of an octet

Examples of octet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The band is an octet, so the members know how to play well with others. John Adamian, courant.com, "Creamery Station a delicious CT-based roots-jam band coming to State House," 22 Nov. 2019 The most famous and best octet in music history is Mendelssohn’s, written when the composer was 16. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Mozart & Co.," 30 Aug. 2019 The octet of watercolors over the fireplace, painted by artist Aldous Bertram, actually conceals a TV, while the dining table can be covered in a custom Quadrille tablecloth when not in use. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "This Palm Beach 'Master Cottage' Is Over the Top," 18 Nov. 2019 The octet features violinists Isabella Lippi (concertmaster), Eleanor Bartsch (associate concertmaster), and Jerry Loughney; violists Amanda Grimm (principal violist) and Rebecca Swan; and Matthew Agnew (principal cellist). Myrna Petlicki, chicagotribune.com, "Elgin Symphony Orchestra musicians bring chamber concert to Barrington," 15 Oct. 2019 Things may not be so bad for the octet, at least in the short run. The Economist, "America blacklists China’s best artificial-intelligence firms," 10 Oct. 2019 The most famous and best octet in music history is Mendelssohn’s, written when the composer was 16. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Mozart & Co.," 30 Aug. 2019 The most famous and best octet in music history is Mendelssohn’s, written when the composer was 16. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Mozart & Co.," 30 Aug. 2019 The most famous and best octet in music history is Mendelssohn’s, written when the composer was 16. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Mozart & Co.," 30 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of octet

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 2b

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“Octet.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/octet. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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More Definitions for octet

octet

noun
How to pronounce octet (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of octet

: a song or piece of music performed by eight singers or musicians
: a group of eight singers or musicians who perform an octet

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