Definition of septenary in English:


Line breaks: sep¦ten|ary
Pronunciation: /ˈsɛptɪn(ə)ri
, -ˈtiːn(ə)ri/


  • Relating to or divided into seven.

noun (plural septenaries)

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  • 1A group or set of seven, in particular:
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    • The work, which resembles an oratorio more than any other work by Messiaen, is in two parts (‘septenaries’) of seven sections each.
    • By December 1966 the work had grown considerably, reaching its final number of 14 movements, divided into two seven-movement sections (‘septenaries’), and now requiring six soloists instead of the five previously mentioned.
    • Messiaen suggested that Salzmann should return to Paris on about 14 April in order to go through the score for the second septenary and take the material back to Lisbon.
  • 1.1A period of seven years.
  • 1.2 Music The seven notes of the diatonic scale.
  • 1.3A septenarius.


late Middle English: from Latin septenarius (see septenarius).

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