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.

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Malfunctions aside, the quintet constantly changed out their hair accessories along with their outfits throughout the show. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Red Velvet Members Share Their Biggest Skin-Care Secrets," 7 Mar. 2019 Recently, Amir Abdullah, a DJ and music historian, discovered the reels in the possession of Hermine Brooks, wife of the Mingus quintet’s Roy Brooks. Marc Myers, WSJ, "‘Jazz in Detroit/Strata Concert Gallery/46 Selden’ by Charles Mingus Review: The Jazz Star’s Rocky Year," 5 Nov. 2018 Mark Holgate, Vogue Fashion News Director The ’90s were bookended for me with a quintet of supermodels, as Linda, Christy, Naomi, Cindy, and Tatjana were about to become known, on the January 1990 cover of British Vogue. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "That’s So ’90s: Vogue Editors Share Their Favorite Fashion Memories From This Year’s Most Trending Decade," 22 Dec. 2018 Where: Cutter Avenue at Summer Street in front of Winter Hill Bank, noon-2 p.m. PUMPKIN BREAD This young folk quintet made a splash with original fiddle tunes and lilting songs at Boston Celtic Music Festival in January. Zoë Madonna, BostonGlobe.com, "Too many choices at PorchFest? Let’s walk you through it.," 9 May 2018 Among that quintet, Tennessee is at its highest spot since reaching No. 1 in February 2008 while Michigan has its highest ranking since February 2013. Aaron Beard, The Seattle Times, "Kansas, Duke, Tennessee stay 1-2-3 in men’s AP Top 25," 17 Dec. 2018 Expect to hear brassy quartets and quintets; clarinet solos and big voices; and swing when the Cotton Mouth Kings come by. Paul Oswell, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Things To Do In New Orleans," 4 Mar. 2018 The quintet is stacked in favor of the cornets (three of them!). John Adamian, courant.com, "Stephen Haynes' Knuckleball To Perform At Real Art Ways," 2 June 2018 A mile of museums — some free for the day Sunday is also the seventh annual Milwaukee Museum Mile Day, in which a quintet of east side museums offer free or reduced admission for the day. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Things to do in Milwaukee this Mother's Day weekend (including some your mom even might like)," 10 May 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 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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