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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 And with an octet of improvisers embedded within the traditional orchestra, the music finds an organic middle ground between modernist elements and jazz. Jeremy Eichler, BostonGlobe.com, 21 June 2022 Season 3 pushes them toward the narrative center, resulting in an octet of chapters that feels like a minor but not insignificant dip from the first two. Inkoo Kang, Washington Post, 3 June 2022 The songs — by Benj Pasek and Connecticut’s own Justin Paul are played by an octet in a small balcony overlooking the stage. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, 30 Mar. 2022 The octet kept things rather simple (by SNL standards) for both performances, with their staging consisting of just their instruments and some lighting effects. Jd Knapp, PEOPLE.com, 27 Feb. 2022 That octet supplies lift, while another propeller on the nose provides thrust. J. George Gorant, Robb Report, 30 Nov. 2021 After his octet broke up, Mr. Hampton worked as a musical director for Motown Records, collaborating on productions for Stevie Wonder, the Four Tops and others. New York Times, 24 Nov. 2021 That octet of styles — collectively called bada, the Big Eight — will look familiar to food trend enthusiasts: Anhui, Cantonese, Fujian, Hunan, Jiangsu, Sichuan, Shandong and Zhejiang. Washington Post, 12 Nov. 2021 The Zac Brown Band was on tour when the pandemic shutdown began during mid-March of 2020 -- not surprising since the road has been the Georgia octet’s natural habitat throughout its 13 years of recording. Gary Graff, cleveland, 16 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of octet

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 2b

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“Octet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/octet. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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