Definition of crotchet in English:

crotchet

Syllabification: crotch·et
Pronunciation: /ˈkräCHət
 
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noun

1 Music chiefly British A quarter note.
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  • The process was simple: composers strictly followed the metre of the verse, setting long, accented syllables as minims, and short, unaccented ones as crotchets.
  • In this connection it is noteworthy that the violins in bars 3-4 play in dotted crotchets, the three-eight equivalent of the original dotted minims.
  • Furthermore, a comparison of the way in which crotchets and quavers are notated makes it likely that the same scribe copied both works.
2A perverse or unfounded belief or notion: the natural crotchets of inveterate bachelors
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  • It would seem a purposeless and even cruel task to recount in some five hundred pages the cranks and crotchets of a great mind, but there is the personal Russell to be chronicled.

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'hook'): from Old French crochet, diminutive of croc 'hook', from Old Norse krókr.

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