Definition of semibreve in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsemēˌbrēv/


Music , chiefly British
A whole note.
Example sentences
  • The theme, an eight-bar structure of stentorian semibreve piano chords, receives six doggedly unvaried statements.
  • The cantus firmus is sounded in semibreves in the middle of the three voices.
  • For the first time the minim is now fully accepted as a note-value in its own right rather than as a special kind of semibreve.

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Syllabification: sem·i·breve

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