quint major Word Origin noun
- See under .
Origin of quint major First recorded in 1655–65 quint 1[kwint, kint] noun
- an organ stop sounding a fifth higher than the corresponding digitals.
- Piquet. a sequence of five cards of the same suit, as an ace, king, queen, jack, and ten (quint major), or a king, queen, jack, ten, and nine (quint minor).
Origin of quint 1 1520–30; French quinte (feminine of quint) Latin quīnta, feminine of quīntusBritish Dictionary definitions for quint major quint 1 noun
- (kwɪnt) an organ stop sounding a note a fifth higher than that normally produced by the key depressed
- (kɪnt) piquet a sequence of five cards in the same suit
Word Origin for quint C17: from French quinte, from Latin quintus fifth quint 2 noun
- US and Canadian short for Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): quin
Word Origin and History for quint major quint n.
1520s, “a tax of one-fifth,” from Middle French quint, from Latin quintus “the fifth,” ordinal to quinque “five” (see). Used in English of various groups of five since 17c. First attested 1935 as a shortening of quintuplet (American English; British English prefers ); used originally of the Dionne quintuplets, born May 28, 1934, near Callander, Ontario, Canada.