quin·​tet | \ kwin-ˈtet How to pronounce quintet (audio) \

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.

Examples of quintet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The new series, created by original writers Christopher Keyser and Amy Lippman, alters the script – in which five kids were orphaned – and instead makes its quintet of whippersnappers fend for themselves after their parents are deported to Mexico. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Review: A deportation-focused ‘Party of Five’ remake is timely but shallow," 8 Jan. 2020 Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Eder Militao, Ferland Mendy and Rodrygo were all acquired during the off-season, with the latter - the cheapest of the quintet - arriving for £40m. SI.com, "Marcelo Claims Real Madrid Do Not Need Any More Summer Signings," 19 Aug. 2019 Martin Garrix will lead a quintet of electronic dance music acts at the 2020 Indy 500 Snake Pit. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Indy 500 Snake Pit unveils Martin Garrix as 2020 headliner," 19 Dec. 2019 Saturday marked the first time this season a quintet of UCF players tallied in double figures. Brian Murphy, orlandosentinel.com, "UCF basketball uses balanced attack during win over NJIT," 7 Dec. 2019 The rotating cast of players that form Thomson’s supporting quintet have since added their own oomph into the mix, with grating guitars and ferocious drumming. Washington Post, "16 things to do in the D.C. area this weekend," 5 Dec. 2019 Plus, as Jesus Is King also opens atop the Top R&B/Hip-Hip Albums and Top Rap Albums charts, the set is the first to lead a quintet of those two tallies, the Billboard 200, Top Christian Albums and Top Gospel Albums. Jim Asker, Billboard, "Kanye West's 'Jesus Is King' Crowns Top Christian Albums, Top Gospel Albums Charts," 4 Nov. 2019 The quintet is shepherded by the Rumi-reciting, Birkenstock-sporting peacemaker Don (an amusingly exasperated Sam Lunay). Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, "Mosaic Theater’s ‘Eureka Day’ slyly takes aim at self-righteous liberalism," 16 Dec. 2019 Beilein and his entire staff looked at everything -- pairings, threesomes, foursomes and quintets. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers have found new way to use rookie Darius Garland: Leading revamped second unit," 15 Dec. 2019

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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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“Quintet.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quintet. Accessed 29 January 2020.

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How to pronounce quintet (audio)

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 How to pronounce quintet (audio) \

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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