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quodlibet

Syllabification: quod·li·bet
Pronunciation: /ˈkwädləˌbet
 
/

Definition of quodlibet in English:

noun

2 literary A lighthearted medley of well-known tunes.
Example sentences
  • As you know, a quodlibet contrapuntally mingles independent tunes, like ‘Humoresque’ and ‘Way Down upon the Swanee River.’
  • From this he generates canons, overtures, duets, fugues, 3-part sinfonias, and even the famous quodlibet, in which several tunes sound simultaneously.

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin, from quod 'what' + libet 'it pleases'.

Derivatives

quodlibetarian

1
Pronunciation: /ˌkwädləbiˈte(ə)rēən/
noun

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