septet

A group of seven people or seven items is a septet. Parts of Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales are written in septets, or stanzas of seven lines.

In literature, the septet is fairly rare and often associated with Chaucer, who was the first known poet to use a seven-line iambic pentameter stanza, also known as a "rhyme royal." Outside of poetry, a septet is also a group of seven singers or musicians. You can describe any group of seven this way as well, like the septet of chickens that lives in your back yard. The Latin root, septem, means "seven."

Definitions of septet
  1. noun
    a musical composition written for seven performers
    synonyms: septette
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    type of:
    composition, musical composition, opus, piece, piece of music
    a musical work that has been created
  2. noun
    seven performers or singers who perform together
    synonyms: septette
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    type of:
    musical group, musical organisation, musical organization
    an organization of musicians who perform together
  3. noun
    a set of seven similar things considered as a unit
    synonyms: septette
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    type of:
    set
    a group of things of the same kind that belong together and are so used
  4. noun
    seven people considered as a unit
    synonyms: septette, sevensome
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    type of:
    assemblage, gathering
    a group of persons together in one place
  5. noun
    a rhythmic group of seven lines of verse
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    type of:
    stanza
    a fixed number of lines of verse forming a unit of a poem
  6. noun
    the cardinal number that is the sum of six and one
    synonyms: 7, VII, heptad, septenary, seven, sevener
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    type of:
    digit, figure
    one of the elements that collectively form a system of numeration
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