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also sep·tette  (sĕp-tĕt′)
1. Music
a. A composition for seven voices or seven instruments.
b. A group of seven singers or seven instrumentalists.
2. A group of seven.

[German Septett, from Latin septem, seven; see septm̥ in Indo-European roots.]


(sɛpˈtɛt) or


1. (Music, other) music a group of seven singers or instrumentalists or a piece of music composed for such a group
2. a group of seven people or things
[C19: from German, from Latin septem seven]



1. any group of seven persons or things.
2. a company of seven singers or musicians.
3. a musical composition for a septet.
[1830–40; < German; see septi-, -et]

Septet, Septette

 a set of seven, 1886; seven infants at a birth.
Examples: septette of watercolours, 1907; a septette (a field of seven horses in racing), 1886.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.septet - the cardinal number that is the sum of six and oneseptet - the cardinal number that is the sum of six and one
digit, figure - one of the elements that collectively form a system of numeration; "0 and 1 are digits"
2.septet - seven performers or singers who perform together
musical group, musical organisation, musical organization - an organization of musicians who perform together
3.septet - a set of seven similar things considered as a unit
set - a group of things of the same kind that belong together and are so used; "a set of books"; "a set of golf clubs"; "a set of teeth"
4.septet - seven people considered as a unit
assemblage, gathering - a group of persons together in one place
5.septet - a musical composition written for seven performers
musical composition, opus, piece of music, composition, piece - a musical work that has been created; "the composition is written in four movements"


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References in periodicals archive ?
The expansion of said phenomenon was geographically illustrated by the musical efforts of numerous female entities from other regions, including but not limited to Voces (Matanzas' a capella sextet), Ad-Libitum (Cienfuegos' "symphonic son" quartet) and the septets Vida and Las Perlas del Son, hailing from Santa Clara and Santiago de Cuba, respectively.
Founded in the Havanese neighborhood of Santa Amalia, circa 1928, by the multi-instrumentalist Irene Herrera Laferte (known in those days as "La Virtuosa del Timbal"), the quintet La Charanguita de Dona Irene was transformed, a few years later, into the charanga-style septet Eden Habanero.
Among such pioneering bands were the charanga ensemble Hermanas Mezquida (later known as Yayambo), the sextet called Orquesta Orbe (the first female Cuban group to tour abroad), Trovadoras del Cayo (led by multi-instrumentalist Isolina Carrillo, the author of Dos Gardenias) and the legendary Orquesta Anacaona, a son septet that eventually became a jazzband (meaning a Cuban-style big band).