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 In response to their heartwarming video, the hitmaker surprised an octet of the children who participated in the clip during his February appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Darlene Aderoju, PEOPLE.com, "Diddy Provides COVID-19 Relief to More Than 175 Miami Families and Pays Their Rent amid Pandemic," 30 Dec. 2020 Even with Indiana and Orlando potentially regressing, each member of that octet is better -- and deeper. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Where do Cleveland Cavaliers stand in Eastern Conference hierarchy following mundane offseason?," 1 Dec. 2020 Before her, an octet of burly men in matching fatigues and beige do-rags danced with gusto to orchestral strains and a martial drumbeat. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, "Around Nagorno-Karabakh, an all-out media war unfolds," 10 Nov. 2020 The brainchild of former Tri-C JazzFest artistic director Willard Jenkins, JazzWorks is an all-star octet playing classic jazz. cleveland, "Tri-C JazzFest announces lineup for virtual festival," 18 June 2020 The selections are by Mozart (Serenade in C minor, K. 388, for wind octet), Brahms (Viola Quintet in G major, Op. 111), Ravel (Introduction and Allegro for harp, flute, clarinet and string quartet) and George Walker (Lyric for Strings). Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "With normal concerts canceled, Dallas Symphony makes new audience connections," 18 June 2020 Their chief crime, the octet were told, was in claiming the disease looked like SARS. Laurie Garrett, The New Republic, "How Trump and Xi set the stage for the coronavirus pandemic," 2 Apr. 2020 For this year’s Christmas concerts, the male vocal octet Cantus is serving up a welcome reminder that the rewards of giving don’t have to be gleaned from passing on gadgetry and games. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Review: Cantus’ Christmas concerts spin sad but affecting tales," 12 Dec. 2019 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

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First Known Use of octet

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 2b

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14 Jan 2021

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“Octet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/octet. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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