quint


quint

quint 1[kwint, kint] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. an organ stop sounding a fifth higher than the corresponding digitals.
  2. 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 quīntus fifth quint 2[kwint] noun Informal.

  1. a quintuplet.

Origin of quint 2First recorded in 1930–35; shortened form quint.

  1. (in prescriptions) fifth.

Origin of quint. From the Latin word quīntus Examples from the Web for quint Historical Examples of quint

  • “It would ‘a’ been luckier if they hadn’t hit him at all, Quint,” answered Jumbo dryly.

    Oh, You Tex!

    William Macleod Raine

  • Quint, a black-haired youth of twenty, gave a repressed whoop.

    Oh, You Tex!

    William Macleod Raine

  • She paused a moment; then she added: “Quint was much too free.”

    The Turn of the Screw

    Henry James

  • So he goes to his broker, who goes to a big feller, who goes to Quint, who goes to us.

    The Dark Star

    Robert W. Chambers

  • “I thought Captain Quint very interesting,” ventured Ruhannah.

    The Dark Star

    Robert W. Chambers

  • British Dictionary definitions for quint quint 1 noun

    1. (kwɪnt) an organ stop sounding a note a fifth higher than that normally produced by the key depressed
    2. (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

    1. US and Canadian short for quintuplet Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): quin

    Word Origin and History for quint n.

    1520s, “a tax of one-fifth,” from Middle French quint, from Latin quintus “the fifth,” ordinal to quinque “five” (see quinque-). Used in English of various groups of five since 17c. First attested 1935 as a shortening of quintuplet (American English; British English prefers quin); used originally of the Dionne quintuplets, born May 28, 1934, near Callander, Ontario, Canada.

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