quintet

noun
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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The Spartans also welcome a quintet of freshmen with Kylie Hwang, Alison Woo, Rylee Thornburg, Amanda Grable and Chia Matuska the latest additions to the team. Vincent Nguyenstaff Writer, La Cañada Valley Sun, "Girls’ Tennis Preview: La Cañada embraces new division hurdles," 4 Sep. 2019 The group will play at the festival three times over the weekend, but as a quartet, not a quintet. San Diego Union-Tribune, "High Fidelity will add new/old twist to Summergrass bluegrass festival," 15 Aug. 2019 Concerts Calico Winds play quintets by Raymond Burkhart, Carolyn Bremer, John Steinmetz and Bill Douglas. Los Angeles Times, "Classical music in L.A., Aug. 11-18: Bramwell Tovey & the LA Phil, Pacific Opera Project’s ‘Mikado’ and more," 9 Aug. 2019 Featuring rising drum star Jonathan Pinson and vibraphonist Joel Ross, the pianoless quintet is a sleek and subtly grooving unit. Andrew Gilbert, The Mercury News, "10 top acts highlight the 30th San Jose Jazz summer fest," 30 July 2019 Think Sigur Rós, Sugarcubes, Bjork and the multiplatinum quintet Of Monsters And Men, who mark their return today with Fever Dream. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Of Monsters And Men Return With Third Album 'Fever Dream': Stream It Now," 26 July 2019 The boys react much of the time in quintet, voices blending in disbelief and outrage. San Diego Union-Tribune, "UCSD professor Anthony Davis’ opera ‘The Central Park Five’ goes where Netflix doesn’t dare," 17 June 2019 The boys react much of the time in quintet, voices blending in disbelief and outrage. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "Review: Anthony Davis’ opera ‘The Central Park Five’ goes where Netflix doesn’t dare," 17 June 2019 The Rockies are the only team in the quintet with a strikeout rate more than 0.5 percentage points higher than league-average, the Astros are the second-hardest team in baseball to strike out, and none of them are easy to whiff. Michael Beller, SI.com, "No Longer as Predictable, Kyle Hendricks Has Become a Strikeout Threat Again," 8 June 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

noun

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

quintet

noun
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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