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1 a musical composition written for six performers [syn: sextette, sestet]
2 the cardinal number that is the sum of five and one [syn: six, 6, VI, sixer, sise, Captain Hicks, half a dozen, sestet, sextuplet, hexad]
3 six performers or singers who perform together [syn: sextette, sestet]
4 a set of six similar things considered as a unit [syn: sextette, sestet]
5 six people considered as a unit [syn: sextette, sixsome]

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  1. any group of six people or things
  2. a composition for six voices or instruments; a group of six singers or instrumentalists

Extensive Definition

For the Mae West film with a similar name, see Sextette.
A sextet is a formation containing exactly six members. It is commonly associated with vocal or musical instrument groups, but can be applied to any situation where six similar or related objects are considered a single unit.
In jazz music a sextet is any group of six players, usually containing a drum set (bass drum, snare drum, hi-hat, ride cymbal), string bass or electric bass, piano, and various combinations of the following or other instruments: guitar, trumpet, saxophone, clarinet, trombone.
sextet in Arabic: سداسي (موسيقى)
sextet in Danish: Sekstet
sextet in German: Sextett
sextet in French: Sextuor
sextet in Dutch: Sextet (dichtvorm)
sextet in Japanese: 六人組
sextet in Norwegian: Sekstett
sextet in Polish: Sekstet
sextet in Portuguese: Sexteto
sextet in Swedish: Sextett

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

German band, Hexateuch, Jewish star, Magen David, Philharmonic, Spenserian stanza, antistrophe, band, big band, bipartisanship, book, brass, brass band, brass choir, brass quintet, brass section, brasses, burden, callithumpian band, canto, chamber orchestra, chorus, coaction, coadjuvancy, coadministration, coagency, cochairmanship, codirectorship, collaboration, collaborativeness, collectivism, collusion, combo, commensalism, common effort, common enterprise, communalism, communism, communitarianism, community, complicity, concert, concert band, concord, concordance, concurrence, cooperation, cooperativeness, couplet, desks, distich, dixieland band, duet, duettino, duo, duumvirate, ecumenicalism, ecumenicism, ecumenism, ensemble, ensemble music, ensemble singing, envoi, epode, esprit, esprit de corps, estoile, fellow feeling, fellowship, gamelan orchestra, group, half a dozen, harmony, heptastich, hexachord, hexad, hexagon, hexagram, hexahedron, hexameter, hexapod, hexapody, hexarchy, hexastich, hexastyle, jazz band, joining of forces, joint effort, joint operation, jug band, line, mass action, measure, military band, monostich, morale, mutual assistance, mutualism, mutuality, octastich, octave, octet, orchestra, ottava rima, part music, part singing, part song, pentastich, polyphonic music, pooling, pooling of resources, pulling together, quartet, quatrain, quintet, ragtime band, reciprocity, refrain, rhyme royal, rock-and-roll group, septet, septuor, sestet, sextuplet, sise, six, six-pointed star, sixer, skiffle band, solidarity, stanza, star of David, stave, steel band, strain, street band, string band, string choir, string orchestra, string quartet, strings, strophe, swing band, syllable, symbiosis, symphony, symphony orchestra, synergism, synergy, team spirit, teamwork, tercet, terza rima, terzet, terzetto, tetrastich, trio, triplet, tristich, triumvirate, troika, united action, verse, waits, woodwind, woodwind choir, woodwind quartet, woodwinds
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