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

  • n. Music A composition for eight voices or eight instruments.
  • n. Music A group of eight singers or eight instrumentalists.
  • n. A group of eight: "A train of heavy wagons rumbled north on the Winnipeg Trail, drawn by octets of oxen” ( Garrison Keillor).
  • n. See octave.
  • n. A set of eight valence electrons in an atom or ion, forming a stable configuration.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A group or set of eight of something.
  • n. A group of eight musicians performing together.
  • n. A composition for such a group of musicians.
  • n. A byte of eight bits. Abbreviation: o
  • n. A group of three bits, representing eight possible values.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A composition for eight parts, usually for eight solo instruments or voices.
  • n. A group of eight singers or eight musicians.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In music, a composition for eight voices or instruments, or a company of eight singers or players. Sometimes, but not usually, equivalent to a double quartet. Also ottetto, octuor, octiphonium.

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

  • n. eight people considered as a unit
  • n. a set of eight similar things considered as a unit
  • n. the cardinal number that is the sum of seven and one
  • n. a musical composition written for eight performers
  • n. eight performers or singers who perform together


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

Alteration (influenced by octo- and duet) of Italian ottetto, from otto, eight, from Latin octō.

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From Latin octo, eight.


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