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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ A long list of names yes, but there's nothing larger here than a quintet format.
▪ C., quintet consistently offers.
▪ Composers have written a considerable amount of music for brass quintet consisting of two trumpets, horn, trombone, and tuba.
▪ Every one of the quintet saw the opposition party gain strength during his final period in office.
▪ One of the quintet not only means business but high-minded, selfless business.
▪ The quintet is Peter Verkhovensky's plaything.
▪ They were sitting in the same row at a Bach quintet concert in Hull Town Hall.
▪ This mono recording was the first featuring the quintet and also marked the introduction of John Coltrane.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Quintet \Quin*tet"\, Quintette \Quin*tette"\, n. [It. quintetto, dim. of quinto the fifth, a fifth part, from L. quintus the fifth: cf. F. quintette. See Quint.] (Mus.) A composition for five voices or instruments; also, the set of five persons who sing or play five-part music.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1811, "composition for five voices," from Italian quintetto, diminutive of quinto "fifth," from Latin quintus "the fifth," related to quinque "five" (see quinque-). Meaning "set of five singers or players" is from 1882.


n. 1 (context music English) A composition (a type of chamber music) in five parts (typically each a singer or instrumentalist, sometimes several musicians) 2 (context music English) A group of five musicians, fit to play such a piece of music together 3 Any group of five members

  1. n. a musical composition for five performers [syn: quintette]

  2. the cardinal number that is the sum of four and one [syn: five, 5, V, cinque, quint, fivesome, quintuplet, pentad, fin, Phoebe, Little Phoebe]

  3. five performers or singers who perform together [syn: quintette]

  4. a set of five similar things considered as a unit [syn: quintette]

  5. five people considered as a unit [syn: quintette, fivesome]

Quintet (film)

Quintet is a 1979 post-apocalyptic science fiction film directed by Robert Altman. It stars Paul Newman, Brigitte Fossey, Bibi Andersson, Fernando Rey, Vittorio Gassman and Nina Van Pallandt.


A quintet is a group containing five members. It is commonly associated with musical groups, such as a string quintet, or a group of five singers, but can be applied to any situation where five similar or related objects are considered a single unit. In classical instrumental music, any additional instrument (such as a piano, clarinet, oboe, etc.) joined to the usual string quartet (two violins, a viola, and a cello), gives the resulting ensemble its name, such as " piano quintet", "clarinet quintet", etc. A piece of music written for such a group is similarly named.

The standard wind quintet consists of one player each on flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and horn, while the standard brass quintet has two trumpets, horn, trombone, and tuba. Other combinations, however, are sometimes found.

In jazz music, a quintet is group of five players, usually consisting of two of any of the following instruments, guitar, trumpet, saxophone, clarinet, flute or trombone in addition to traditional jazz trio – piano, double bass, drums.

In some modern bands there are quintets formed from the same family of instruments with various voices, as an all- brass ensemble, or all saxophones, in soprano, alto, baritone, and bass, and sometimes double bass.

Many rock, pop, and metal bands are made up of five people, normally consisting of two guitarists, a bassist, a drummer, and a lead vocalist. This is normally considered to the maximum size of most bands. However, several bands like Linkin Park, Slipknot, Guns N' Roses, and DragonForce have more than 5 band members. Having more than five members is mostly uncommon in rock and pop music.

It is becoming increasingly common in a cappella and barbershop music circles to use the fifth voice as vocal percussionist, with the remainder being a traditional SATB ( soprano alto tenor bass) quartet, or perhaps SSAA or TTBB.

Quintet (company)

, was a Japanese video game developer, founded in April 1989. The company name is derived from musical terminology, as well as 5 elements of game design — planning, graphics, sound, programmers and producers. Quintet was most active in the 1990s, when it had a strong relationship with Enix (now incorporated into Square Enix); the company was also a member of GD-NET group of Sega Saturn developers. The current status of Quintet is unclear but it is believed that it went defunct around 2000 to 2002.

Quintet (Prokofiev)

Sergei Prokofiev's Quintet in G minor, Op. 39 (1924) is scored for oboe, clarinet, violin, viola and double bass. The quintet, closely related to Prokofiev's ballet, Trapèze, contains six movements and lasts 20-25 minutes.

Quintet (TV series)

Quintet is a Canadian music variety television series which aired on CBC Television in 1962.

Quintet (disambiguation)

A quintet is a group or formation of five members, particularly musicians

Quintet may also refer to:

  • Quintet (company), a Japanese video game developer
  • Honda Quintet, a Honda Civic derived 5-door hatchback
  • Quintet (film), a 1979 film directed by Robert Altman
  • You Gotta Quintet, a television program on NHK Educational TV
  • Within computer science, a quintet refers to a group of 5 bits of data or code
  • Quintet (TV series), a Canadian music variety television series which aired on CBC Television in 1962

The Quintet may refer to:

  • The Quintet, group that recorded the album Jazz at Massey Hall
  • The Quintet (V.S.O.P. album), album by V.S.O.P.

Usage examples of "quintet".

We sat beneath a spreading oak, huddled together and hunched over like a quintet of pathetic apes while the rain sluiced over us and chilled us to the bone.

Joss Hayes felt heat creeping up the back of his collar as he exited the command center, his quintet of MACO officers following close behind him for the brief turbolift ride down to the armory on F deck.

The harried quintet lined up in single file before the airlock, with Archer at the forefront, followed by Hayes, Kemper, and Money.

Even under the best of circumstances the quintet would have been difficult.

The pupillary zoom of the goggles refocused on a quintet of armed guards standing abreast.

Michael ride his own horse, the burro trailing mournfully behind the rig, while he perched near the rear, eyes never leaving the quintet of killers.

The actress stared out at the quintet moving their mouths like well-dressed men-fish in an aquarium.

It rose into the air on a quintet of delicate legs on which it had been squatting.

All in all, it constituted a much safer refuge than most of the barns, silos, junkyards, burnt-out warehouses, pigsties, toolsheds, cemeteries, abandoned cars, freeway ramps, groves, thickets, culverts, and swamps where the quintet had rested days during its eighteen-month march from the Far West to the Atlantic.

The sight of a quintet of shaggy-haired boys setting up mammoth speakers on the stage in preparation to assault our sensibilities was more than enough to send us away.

However unappealing or pathetically ridiculous Dostoevsky makes them out to be, the members of the quintet do not believe in systematic amorality and universal destruction as panaceas for the ills of the social order.

As Danlo would learn, Bardo had chosen such an illustrious quintet to honour the petitioners.

Why should any man be so gifted not only with so much pleasurable history but also with a gift of gab that could mesmerize a quintet of bums around a fire under a bridge?

Ayatollah Jebel Shammar, seated in the middle of the quintet, glowered at them from under bushy eyebrows and drummed his fingers impatiently on the tabletop.

Jebel Shammar, seated in the middle of the quintet, glowered at them from under bushy eyebrows and drummed his fingers impatiently on the tabletop.