- 1A characteristic rising and falling of the voice when speaking; a pleasant gentle accent: he spoke with a faint but recognizable Irish liltMore example sentences
- Remembering it now, he could again hear the gentle lilt of her English accent as she had confessed how her time with them had seemed more a pleasant lifetime than the short while it had been.
- Given the gentle lilt of her voice, it's no wonder slow-burning hymns like ‘Isolada’ and ‘Amdjer de Nos Terra’ are her proven domain.
- There's deliciously crisp Scottish lilt to her speaking voice, which is sadly lost when she sings.
- 1.1A pleasant, gently swinging rhythm in a song or tune: the lilt of the Hawaiian musicMore example sentences
- In turning it to a danceable 8/4 rhythm they completely lost the appealing lilt of the song.
- Born in Raipur, he grew up on Parsi theatre, silent films and the robust lilt of Chhatisgarthi folk songs that filled the air all around.
- For an inordinate seven minutes, the song lilts and rolls into glorified nothingness.
- 1.2 • archaic , chiefly Scottish A cheerful tune.More example sentences
- I do the Scottish Lilt either to the Battle of the Somme (which is also a 9/8 tune) or to original tunes.
- The original tunes for the Lilt are 'Drops of Brandy' and 'Brose and Butter'.
verb[no object] (often as adjective lilting) Back to top
- Speak, sing, or sound with a lilt: a lilting Irish accentMore example sentences
- Chan's fierce power in the opening Allegro kept the performance lilting - borne aloft on wings of song.
- He doesn't so much speak to you as he lulls you in lilting, mellifluous tones.
- Standard French is widely spoken, albeit in a distinctive, lilting French West Indian accent.
late Middle English lulte (in the senses 'sound an alarm' or 'lift up the voice'), of unknown origin.