If a couple is a pair or a group of two, what does one call a group of three, four, etc.?


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3: trio
4: quartet
5: quintet
6: sextet
7: septet
8: octet

.. and so on.

Beyond eight the numbers get a bit silly. If you're talking about music groups, you can use the counters "piece" or "person": a twenty-one piece orchestra, a twelve-person chorus, etc.

Note that "two" can also be duo.

Also see this question: Can I form a word like "quadruple" for any number I want?

  • Few can also be used for a small group of greater than 1, but not specifically defined. Generally accepted to be three (3). – Jordan.J.D Jan 2 '19 at 21:08

For three it would be 'triplet' (or 'triad'), for four - 'quadruple' and from then on you generally use the Latin numeral and the suffix '-tuple' ('quintuple', 'sextuple' and so on...)

  • Some of the 'tuples' have also variations (like instead of 'sextuple' you can also use 'hextuple'), but not all. – Mayavin Jan 2 '19 at 15:09
  • couple, triple, quadruple, quintuple, sextuple, ..., 19-tuple, ..., n-tuple, ... – John Lawler Jan 2 '19 at 16:44

A threesome, a foursome.... To be honest, I've never heard of nor imagined making a word for a larger group. Wouldn't it be simpler to just say, "a group of five"?

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