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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The most famous and best octet in music history is Mendelssohn’s, written when the composer was 16. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Mozart & Co. at the Salzburg Festival," 22 Aug. 2019 Following the news, the nine-woman act — made up of fellow members Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Momo, Sana, Jihyo, Dahyun, Chaeyoung, and Tzuyu — will take on the nine-stop 2019 tour as an octet. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "TWICE Member Mina Isn’t Going on Tour, Citing Health Reasons," 11 July 2019 This is a boisterous ensemble, capable of some awesome vocal octet harmonies and uproarious celebratory dances. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "Review: 'The Scottsboro Boys’ a searing, spirited, well-told tale of racial injustice at Playhouse on Park," 1 July 2019 The crowd was decidedly smaller Thursday night, but the octet played with a passion big enough to fill a stadium. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summerfest 2019: Lizzo, Steve Earle, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, and the best and worst of a stormy Day 2," 27 June 2019 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

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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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