quintet

When five people do something together, you can refer to them as a quintet. If only there were that fifth Beatle, then they would have been considered a quintet. Sigh.

The most common kind of quintet is a five-person musical group. A string quintet might be made up of two violinists, a viola player, and two cellists, while your cousin's a cappella quintet will have five harmonizing singers. If you can usually be found hanging out with your four best friends, people might call the five of you a quintet. The original meaning was "musical composition for five voices," from the Latin quintus, "the fifth."and quinque, "five."

Definitions of quintet
  1. noun
    a musical composition for five performers
    synonyms: quintette
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    type of:
    composition, musical composition, opus, piece, piece of music
    a musical work that has been created
  2. noun
    five performers or singers who perform together
    synonyms: quintette
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    type of:
    musical group, musical organisation, musical organization
    an organization of musicians who perform together
  3. noun
    five people considered as a unit
    synonyms: fivesome, quintette
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    assemblage, gathering
    a group of persons together in one place
  4. noun
    a set of five similar things considered as a unit
    synonyms: quintette, quintuple, quintuplet
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    set
    a group of things of the same kind that belong together and are so used
  5. noun
    the cardinal number that is the sum of four and one
    synonyms: 5, Little Phoebe, Phoebe, V, cinque, fin, five, fivesome, pentad, quint, quintuplet
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    type of:
    digit, figure
    one of the elements that collectively form a system of numeration
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