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WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: the cardinal number that is the sum of seven and one [syn: eight, 8, VIII, eighter, eighter from Decatur, octad, ogdoad, octonary, octet]
2: eight performers or singers who perform together [syn: octet, octette]
3: a set of eight similar things considered as a unit [syn: octet, octette]
4: eight people considered as a unit [syn: octet, octette, eightsome]
5: a musical composition written for eight performers [syn: octet, octette]

Merriam Webster's

noun Date: 1864 1. a musical composition for eight instruments or voices 2. a group or set of eight: as a. octave 2b b. the performers of an octet

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (also octette) 1 Mus. a a composition for eight voices or instruments. b the performers of such a piece. 2 a group of eight. 3 the first eight lines of a sonnet. 4 Chem. a stable group of eight electrons. Etymology: It. ottetto or G Oktett: assim. to OCT-, DUET, QUARTET

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Octet Oc*tet", n. [From L. octo eight, like E. duet, fr.L. duo. See Octave.] (Mus.) A composition for eight parts, usually for eight solo instruments or voices.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(octets) An octet is a group of eight singers or musicians. ...the Stan Tracey Octet. N-COUNT: oft in names

Moby Thesaurus

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