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 Five of them, three men and two women: a string quintet, and with the youngest, a high school physics teacher, as a decidedly insistent cello. Michael Gorra, The New York Review of Books, "The Sense of an Ending," 17 Nov. 2020 The Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival presents Bendik Hofseth’s Woodland and the Mathias Eick quintet at 7 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com. Gary Graff, cleveland, "Foo Fighters promote new album in ‘Live from the Roxy’ online concert: This week’s top picks," 11 Nov. 2020 However, the Swedish quintet will be available for selection for the other two matches, against Croatia and France, according to Sweden's national team manager Stefan Pettersson. Matias Grez, CNN, "Mink farm Covid-19 variant impacts Premier League stars joining international teams," 9 Nov. 2020 Conductor Chen led the Sinfonietta’s wind quintet in an idiomatic reading that captured the rhythmic charm and lyric elegance of Piazzolla’s original. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago Sinfonietta review: A message of hope and honoring of heroes sent via cyberspace," 18 Oct. 2020 Microsoft delivered its quarterly results yesterday, and the other members of the FAAMG quintet come out tomorrow. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Not even Big Tech can save investors from the latest markets plunge," 28 Oct. 2020 An Orchestra of New Spain lawn concert will feature a wind quintet playing music by Paquito D’Rivera, Samuel Barber, Francis Poulenc, Vincent d’Indy and Isaac Albéniz. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "Plan your listening with this roundup of upcoming classical music events," 22 Oct. 2020 Laura Esquivel's best-selling novel Like Water for Chocolate is being adapted for the stage with original music by the Grammy Award-winning quintet La Santa Cecilia. Rosy Cordero, EW.com, "Like Water For Chocolate stage adaptation in the works with original music by La Santa Cecilia," 1 Oct. 2020 Naturally, fans assumed the best: that Beckham was finally rejoining the Spice Girls, and the quintet would be complete once more. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Victoria Beckham Explained How She Became Known as "Posh Spice"," 1 Oct. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quintet. Accessed 28 Nov. 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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