sex·​tet | \ seks-ˈtet How to pronounce sextet (audio) \

Definition of sextet

1 : a musical composition for six instruments or voices
2 : a group or set of six: such as
a : the performers of a sextet
b : a hockey team

Examples of sextet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The sextet was inducted into its homeland’s ARIA Hall of fame in 2001 but had never fully recovered from Hutchence’s death -- ruled a suicide but also suspected to have been accidental -- in 1997. Gary Graff, cleveland, 13 July 2021 Yet Mingus’s sextet featured Bluiett, a founder of St. Louis’s Black Artists Group, a multimedia collective that was a hothouse for the jazz avant-garde. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 15 June 2021 Joining the sextet will be a variety of beloved Friends supporting actors, including Christina Pickles, Tom Selleck, James Michael Tyler, Maggie Wheeler, and Elliott Gould. Devon Ivie, Vulture, 13 May 2021 Since the sextet of elite fighter jets last visited Fort Lauderdale in 2019, the Navy’s legacy Hornets flown in air shows since 1986 have been replaced by larger, sleeker twin-engine F/A-18 Super Hornets that pack 40% more power under the hood. Phillip Valys,, 5 May 2021 Giving back to the community is also a trait which runs through the psyche of this sextet. Steve Sadin,, 3 May 2021 If this elite sextet of fighter jets kicks up more velocity, sonic booms and smoke trails than last time, it’s not just your imagination. Phillip Valys,, 6 Apr. 2021 Alas, the sextet of instrumentalists occasionally overpowered her in volume, but their interplay was a joy to watch. Rob Hubbard, Star Tribune, 22 Feb. 2021 And how interesting to hear the tail end of Bach's familiar Suite No. 2 for Flute and Strings played by a sextet. Rob Hubbard, Star Tribune, 22 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of sextet

1791, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sextet

alteration of sestet

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19 Jul 2021

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“Sextet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sextet

: a piece of music written for six performers
: a group of six people or things especially : a group of six singers or musicians who perform together

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