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The Collaborative International Dictionary

Nonet \No*net"\, Nonetto \No*net"to\, n. [From L. nonus ninth, like E. duet, fr. L. duo.] (Mus.) A composition for nine instruments, rarely for nine voices.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"composition for nine instruments," 1865, from Italian nonetto, from nono "ninth," from Latin nonus (see nones).


n. 1 (context music English) a composition written for nine instruments or nine voices 2 a group of nine nuclear or subatomic particles 3 (context computing English) A byte of nine bits.


Nonet may refer to:

  • nonet (music), a composition which requires nine musicians for a performance
  • In poetry, a nonet is a nine line poem, with the first line containing nine syllables, the next eight, so on until the last line has one syllable
  • In computer technology, a nonet is a group of nine data bits (instead of the more common eight bit octet)
Nonet (Lachner)

Franz LachnersNonet in F major is a composition for chamber ensamble published in 1875.