sex·​tet seks-ˈtet How to pronounce sextet (audio)
: a musical composition for six instruments or voices
: a group or set of six: such as
: the performers of a sextet
: a hockey team

Examples of sextet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The sextet’s second movement offers an upbeat, cheerful mood, with quick intervals and staccato sections. Sheila Regan, Twin Cities, 5 Apr. 2024 This cowboy-hat donning sextet has become synonymous with the pioneering spirit of Tejano music, carving a path that others would follow. Isabela Raygoza, Billboard, 13 Feb. 2024 In between, the movie pays close attention to how its sextet of main characters — three adults, three young adults — come to grips with the cryptic, slowly devolving situation at hand. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 6 Dec. 2023 The sextet discussed their paths to these projects, expanding notions about what techniques are acceptable in doc filmmaking, and why, despite this being a golden age for docs, many in the community are terrified about the future. Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Dec. 2023 Harmony takes for its subject the Comedian Harmonists, a sextet of singers formed in Berlin at the end of the 1920s, who toured the world until the Nazi regime turned on the group. Vulture, 13 Nov. 2023 The Australian sextet will return to the road in mid-March at the Argentina and Chile versions of Lollapalooza South America and has nearly 60 dates on the books through Nov. 21 in Miami. Jonathan Cohen, SPIN, 7 Nov. 2023 Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, ‘The Message’ (1982) Squiggly synthesizers and a loping beat anchor the title track of the debut album from the Bronx, New York, sextet. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 11 Aug. 2023 Georgia State’s Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy Array broke ground in 1996 on a sextet of optical interferometric telescopes known as the CHARA Array, the largest of its kind in the world. Corinne Purtill, Los Angeles Times, 3 Oct. 2023

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Word History


alteration of sestet

First Known Use

1791, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sextet was in 1791

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“Sextet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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sex·​tet sek-ˈstet How to pronounce sextet (audio)
: a musical composition for six instruments or voices
: a group or set of six

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