Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A combination of nine instruments or voices.
  • n. A composition written for such a combination.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a composition written for nine instruments or nine voices
  • n. a group of nine nuclear or subatomic particles

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A composition for nine instruments, rarely for nine voices.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In music, a composition for nine voices or instruments. Also nonetto.

Etymologies

Italian nonetto, from diminutive of nono, ninth, from Latin nōnus; see nones.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Italian nonetto, from nono, ninth (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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?

    Pop and Circumstance

  • 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.

    Jazz Veteran Finds an Ecstatic Sound

  • 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.

    Disco Balloons in Brooklyn

  • The ground-breaking 1949 "Birth of the Cool" nonet famously only played one gig.

    Female Leads, Classic Beats, Gil at St. Pete's

  • 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.

    Madd About Tadd

  • 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.

    Elena Kagan

  • 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.

    Konono No. 1 brings sounds of trance on junkyard instruments to Black Cat

  • 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.

    Reimagining a Jazz Giant

  • That suggests the varied interests that feed this nonet.

    Jazz Omnivores: 'Dying Will Be Easy' (And Fun)

  • 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.

    E.O. Parrott’s Witty Guide to the Different Kinds of Poetry « One-Minute Book Reviews

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