Definition of nocturne in English:


Line breaks: noc|turne
Pronunciation: /ˈnɒktəːn


  • 1 Music A short composition of a romantic nature, typically for piano.
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    • If piano students are playing Mozart and Haydn sonatas, Chopin nocturnes and Debussy preludes, they certainly are capable of playing some chamber music repertoire.
    • Its singing melodies, rocking accompaniments and romantic harmonies advance the composition of nocturnes from Field to Chopin.
    • Pulling out the bench and grabbing her sheet music (although she didn't need it), Nicole began to play a nocturne by her favorite composer, Chopin.
  • 2 Art A picture of a night scene.
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    • For the most part, his early paintings are nocturnes in the style of Whistler.
    • In order to get a fuller understanding of de la Tour's art, students should also study some of his nighttime pictures, his nocturnes.
    • The soft focus and murky shadows of his nocturnes gave way to the need to make the clearest images possible.


mid 19th century: French, from Latin nocturnus 'of the night'.

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