Definition of common time in English:

Share this entry

common time

Pronunciation: /ˈkämən tīm/

noun

Music
A rhythmic pattern in which there are four beats, especially four quarter notes, in a measure. This pattern occurs often in classical music and is the norm in rock, jazz, country, and bluegrass.
Example sentences
  • Use a 4/4 Common time signature.
  • In common time there are 4 crotchet beats to the bar.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: com·mon time

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.