sex·​tu·​plet | \ seks-ˈtə-plət How to pronounce sextuplet (audio) , -ˈtü-; -ˈtyü-; ˈsek-st(y)ə- How to pronounce sextuplet (audio) \

Definition of sextuplet

1 : a combination of six of a kind
2 : one of six offspring produced in the same pregnancy
3 : a group of six equal musical notes performed in the time ordinarily given to four of the same value

Examples of sextuplet in a Sentence

She gave birth to sextuplets.
Recent Examples on the Web Jon and Kate share 15-year-old sextuplets Hannah, Collin, Alexis, Aaden, Joel and Leah and 19-year-old twins Cara and Mady. Aurelie Corinthios,, "Jon Gosselin Says Marriage to Kate Would've 'Fizzled Out' Even Without Reality TV Pressures," 18 Nov. 2019 Since then, Kate has been focused on raising their eight children:twins Mady and Cara, both 18, and 15-year-old sextuplets Aaden, Collin, Joel, Alexis, Hannah and Leah. Natalie Stone,, "Kate Plus Date: Kate Gosselin Admits She's 'Avoided Everything That Involves Feeling Vulnerable'," 10 June 2019 But how do the sextuplets — Aaden, Alexis, Collin, Joel, Hannah, and Leah —feel about their mom's dating escapades? Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Kate Plus Date' Star Kate Gosselin Gets Real About Not "Accepting Singleness" After Divorcing Jon," 8 July 2019 But one Virginia couple kept trying, and became the new parents to sextuplets earlier this month. Emma Baty, Redbook, "Couple Spends 17 Years Trying to Have One Baby, Gets Six Babies Instead," 26 May 2017 Eric and Courtney Waldrop welcomed sextuplets in December, and now the proud parents will star in their own TLC documentary about life at home with their six new babies. Emily Strohm,, "New TLC Documentary Follows Alabama Couple Who Welcomed Sextuplets After Fertility Struggles," 23 Feb. 2018 As Kate notes, Mady and Cara are starting their senior year of high school this year (?) while her sextuplets are all beginning eighth grade (??). Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Kate Gosselin Posted a Back-to-School Instagram and It's Making Fans Panic," 24 Aug. 2018 Since the former Jon & Kate Plus 8 stars’ separation, Jon has been focused on his DJing career and battled his ex-wife for custody of the sextuplets and 17-year-old twins Mady and Cara. Michele Corriston,, "Jon Gosselin Celebrates the Fourth of July with Photo of Daughter Hannah," 4 July 2018 Gosselin’s two eldest children — twins Mady and Cara, both 17 — will go off to college in the fall of 2019, leaving Gosselin at home with her 13-year-old sextuplets Aaden, Joel, Alexis, Hannah and Leah. Kate Coyne,, "Kate Gosselin Opens Up About Her New Dating Show: I Didn't Want to End Up an 'Old Maid'," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of sextuplet

1852, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sextuplet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sextuplet

: one of six babies born at the same time to the same mother


sex·​tu·​plet | \ sek-ˈstəp-lət How to pronounce sextuplet (audio) , -ˈst(y)üp-; ˈsek-st(y)əp- How to pronounce sextuplet (audio) \

Medical Definition of sextuplet

1 : any of six offspring born at one birth
2 sextuplets plural : a group of six offspring born at one birth

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