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

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Within its erratic textures, the vocal octet (here the flexible Roomful of Teeth, in its Philharmonic debut) makes chattering, drooping, bending sounds, and speaks texts by Samuel Beckett and the anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "Review: The Philharmonic Points a Trippy Kaleidoscope at the Past," 25 May 2018 Wolfgang needs to be with his octet in order to finish the job. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "Sense8 Series Finale Recap: Farewell, International Orgies!," 8 June 2018 The octet’s members have roots in countries as far flung as South Korea, New Zealand, Japan and Australia, and their set was as much a multimedia collage as a series of songs. Greg Kot, chicagotribune.com, "At South by Southwest, musical diversity trumps adversity," 18 Mar. 2018 Perry birdied four of the final five holes to fashion a 65, joining the octet at 138, three swings behind Langer. Dale Robertson, Houston Chronicle, "Bernhard Langer shoots par, clings to one-shot lead at Insperity Invitational," 5 May 2018 The octet features five teams ranked in the top-10 in the state in their respective divisions, including two teams currently ranked No. 1. John Snodgrass, Cincinnati.com, "GCTCA Coaches Classic: Mason-Sycamore rivalry headlines star-studded Flight A," 24 Apr. 2018 An octet of monks led the show with an opening prayer, followed by the young Mexican group Los Vega, whom Glass had discovered playing outside of his building, and who whipped up the crowd with a small but fiery set. Ronald Hart, Billboard, "Carly Simon, Patti Smith & More Dazzle at NYC's Tibet House Concert," 5 Mar. 2018 Roomful, an a cappella octet founded in 2009, is a veritable repository of such practices, using amplification and close miking to artistic effect. James R. Oestreich, New York Times, "Review: Roomful of Teeth Stretches for a Piano Premiere," 12 Jan. 2018 The all-female French horn octet Playdate will perform at the Newport Beach Central Library on Sunday as part of the library’s Sunday Musicales series. Daily Pilot Staff, Daily Pilot, "Around Town: French horn ensemble to play in Newport," 19 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of octet

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 2b

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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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