Definitions

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  • n. A group of eight persons or things, one more than a sevensome and one less than a ninesome

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. eight people considered as a unit.
  • n. a Scottish reel for eight dancers.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. eight people considered as a unit
  • n. a Scottish reel for eight dancers

Etymologies

eight +‎ -some (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Romantics can box up the Wessex league clubs into a neat little eightsome reel – Plymouth, Torquay, Exeter and Bournemouth along the coast, Yeovil in the middle and, to the north, Swindon and the two Bristols.

    Epic tales of the Wessex footballing crowd | Frank Keating

  • At that point, this team would have close to $23-million dedicated to three veterans going forward, with very little indication this new ownership eightsome will be able to foot the bill for more than the $46.5-million the Lightning spent on its roster this season.

    Archive 2008-06-01

  • You could accompany your giftee on the trip or, in consultation with other friends and spouses, send off an entire foursome or eightsome.

    Golf Gift Do's and Don'ts

  • The gawky Raven girl who had danced an eightsome reel with Ellis turned out to be the third daughter of an earl.

    Come To Grief

  • 'The last I saw of him he was dancing an eightsome with that gawky Raven girl.

    Come To Grief

  • They matched his other acquisitions so well that he decided to make an eightsome.

    A Fire Upon the Deep

  • Others were still eating and drinking, and there were gusts of laughter at some who were dancing a drunken eightsome reel.

    Tai-Pan

  • From reel to schottische and from schottische to reel, foursome and eightsome, they kept him playing, ever asking for more, till the gloaming passed into moonlight and still they were not done.

    Corporal Cameron of the North West Mounted Police; a tale of the Macleod trail

  • The omission in that eightsome is almost shocking.

    SI.com

  • The eightsome would meet at one another's houses for a pregame Bloody Mary, then pile into a van and head Downtown.

    IndyStar.com Top Stories

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