American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A combination of nine instruments or voices.
- n. A composition written for such a combination.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In music, a composition for nine voices or instruments. Also nonetto.
- n. music a composition written for nine instruments or nine voices
- n. a group of nine nuclear or subatomic particles
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Mus.) A composition for nine instruments, rarely for nine voices.
- Italian nonetto, from nono, ninth (Wiktionary)
- Italian nonetto, from diminutive of nono, ninth, from Latin nōnus; see nones. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The nonet was nothing if not bold: What other band in a post-9/11 world would use its liner notes to diagram a connection between major record labels and the military industrial complex?”
“As a member of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, and with his own bands especially Brass Fantasy, a brass-and-drums nonet, he embraced both avant-garde values and the techniques of jazz's earliest trumpeters, employing smears, blats, growls and half-valve winces in new ways.”
“The band has grown from a four-piece recording outfit to a nonet onstage, featuring a horn section trumpet, sax, trombone, bass, drums, percussion and keyboards.”
“The ground-breaking 1949 "Birth of the Cool" nonet famously only played one gig.”
“He played and arranged for Bull Moose Jackson, the honking R&B tenor, his bop credentials include a nonet with Clifford Brown and he collaborated with John Coltrane on Mating Call in 1958.”
“Kagan will want to be a force on the court, meaning (I'm just guessing here, but it makes sense if you read that Times profile) that she might want to be more of a conciliator, more of a power-player among the court's nonet rather its thundering dissenting voice on these questions.”
“On the new "Assume Crash Position," only the second studio album of Konono No. 1's 30-year career, the Congolese nonet tries a few variations on the sound that became a global cult sensation.”
“New York It may seem surprising that Gerry Mulligan and Miles Davis put themselves on the map as composer-auteurs at the same time in the same band — namely, the 1949 “Birth of the Cool” nonet led by Davis — since, in one key aspect at least, their mature music could not be more different.”
“That suggests the varied interests that feed this nonet.”
“One of the charms of How to Be Well-Versed in Poetry is that it has something for readers at all levels — from beginners to scholars who want to refresh their memories of what a nonet or tanka is.”
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