Definition of octet
1 : a musical composition for eight instruments or voices
2 : a group or set of eight: such asa : octave 2bb : the performers of an octet
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Cornetist Graham Haynes was a founder of Steve Coleman’s groundbreaking M-Base Collective, and saxophonists Steve Lehman and Mark Shim are both members of Lehman’s acclaimed octet.
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First Known Use of octet
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Definition of octet for English Language Learners
: 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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