from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Music A composition for five voices or five instruments.
- n. Music A group of five singers or five instrumentalists.
- n. A group of five.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A composition (a type of chamber music) in five parts (typically each a singer or instrumentalist, sometimes several musicians)
- n. A group of five musicians, fit to play such a piece of music together
- n. Any group of five members
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A composition for five voices or instruments; also, the set of five persons who sing or play five-part music.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In music: A movement for five solo parts, either vocal or instrumental. Instrumental quintets are essentially similar to quartets.
- n. A company of five singers or players who perform quintets.
- n. A bicycle made to carry five.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a musical composition for five performers
- n. five performers or singers who perform together
- n. the cardinal number that is the sum of four and one
- n. five people considered as a unit
- n. a set of five similar things considered as a unit
Probably from Italian quintetto, diminutive of quinto, fifth, from Latin quīntus; see penkwe in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian quintetto, diminutive of quinto ("fifth"), itself from Latin quintus, related to quīnque ("five"). (Wiktionary)