quin·tet | \ kwin-ˈtet \

Definition of quintet 

1 : a musical composition or movement for five instruments or voices

2 : a group or set of five: such as

a : the performers of a quintet

b : a basketball team

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A classical quintet is usually written for strings (usually two violins, two violas, and a cello) or woodwinds (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and horn), but brass quintets (two trumpets, horn, trombone, and tuba) have also become popular in North America recently. In jazz, Miles Davis led two famous quintets. In pop music, the Miracles, the Temptations, and the Jackson 5 were immensely popular vocal quintets. In rock, one of the most common instrumental lineups has been a quintet consisting of two guitars, a bass, a keyboard, and drums; famous rock quintets have included the Grateful Dead and the Beach Boys.

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After seven years together, on Saturday it was revealed that members Jinyoung (Jung Jin-young) and Baro (Cha Sun-woo) of K-pop quintet B1A4 have opted to not renew their contracts with the group’s label WM Entertainment. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "Two Members Leave Korean Boy Band B1A4," 2 July 2018 The bulk of the 65-minute film is drawn from a nine-hour conversation the quintet conducted in 2012. Alex Biese, USA TODAY, "Frank Oz on 'Muppet Guys Talking' documentary, Yoda's 'Last Jedi' return," 16 Mar. 2018 Blues Traveler did have other things on its collective mind -- including three management changes in a short span of time that waylaid the quintet's forward progress. Gary Graff, Billboard, "Blues Traveler Shares 'Accelerated Nation' Lyric Video From Upcoming Album: Premiere," 13 July 2018 Following a win against the Avalanche on Monday, the Vegas Golden Knights got in on the fun, making it a quintet of teams that represents the league's top tier. Jeremy Fuchs, SI.com, "Power Rankings: Who Else Joins in on the Postseason Fun?," 26 Mar. 2018 Linda! Augusta Read Thomas’ Acrobats, for an instrumental quintet of winds, strings, and piano, was a sprint of sorts, long on coiled, jumpy tension. Peter Dobrin, Philly.com, "Network for New Music's Linda Reichert feted with new works," 30 Apr. 2018 The Bay Area early-music quintet performs works from the French Rococo by Philidor, Rameau and more. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Area arts and entertainment picks, March 2," 28 Feb. 2018 The Yankees could turn their starters into middle relievers with a dynamic quintet like that sitting in the bullpen. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Yankees' pitching needs mean Manny Machado must wait 'til winter for his pinstripes," 11 July 2018 All the while, a quintet of young actors, all recent graduates of Bard College cast in multiple smaller roles, frantically place a row of potatoes where footlights might otherwise be. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "‘Peter Pan’ Review: A Modern Neverland," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of quintet

1764, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for quintet

quintet from Italian quintetto, from quinto fifth, from Latin quintus; quintette from French, from Italian quintetto

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English Language Learners Definition of quintet

: a group of five singers or musicians who perform together

: a piece of music for five singers or musicians


quin·tet | \ kwin-ˈtet \

Kids Definition of quintet

1 : a piece of music for five instruments or voices

2 : a group of five singers or musicians who perform together

3 : a group or set of five

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