Definition of nonet in English:


Pronunciation /nəʊˈnɛt/ /nɒˈnɛt/


  • 1A group of nine people or things, especially musicians.

    • ‘In some circles, these are referred to as cliques but in this instance, it is really more of a nonet that gets the featured billing.’
    • ‘Since 2002's Highwire, The Neufeld-Occhipinti Jazz Orchestra have downsized from 16 members to a svelte nonet.’
    • ‘Davis began leading groups, and in 1949 his nonet recorded the Birth of the Cool arrangements, helping to introduce the impressionistic ‘cool jazz style.’’
    • ‘The ‘cool’ music that Major refers to was first made popular by Miles Davis and his nonet's 1949 recording called The Birth of the Cool.’
    • ‘This big-sounding nonet would make a great initial purchase for 2004.’
    • ‘This Toronto nonet is joined by the always inventive Sam Rivers, who just celebrated his 81st birthday.’
    group, band, orchestra, combo
    1. 1.1A musical composition for nine voices or instruments.
      ‘In these conditions he managed also to compose a nonet for wind quintet and string quartet before being transferred in February 1945 to Terezín, where he died a month later of dysentery.’


Mid 19th century from Italian nonetto, from nono ‘ninth’, from Latin nonus.



/nəʊˈnɛt/ /nɒˈnɛt/