Definition of quintet
1 : a musical composition or movement for five instruments or voices
2 : a group or set of five: as a : the performers of a quintet b : a basketball team
Did You Know?
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.
Origin and Etymology of quintet
quintet from Italian quintetto, from quinto fifth, from Latin quintus; quintette from French, from Italian quintetto
First Known Use: 1811
QUINTET Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of quintet for English Language Learners
: a group of five singers or musicians who perform together
: a piece of music for five singers or musicians
QUINTET Defined for Kids
Definition of quintet for Students
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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