Definition of duple in English:


Syllabification: du·ple
Pronunciation: /ˈd(y)o͞opəl


(Of rhythm) based on two main beats to the measure: duple time
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  • And what caps this dizzy display is not seriously ordered fugato, let alone a full fugue, but a comically stilted allegro dance in duple rhythm, with octave leaps, mostly in two parts with chordal intrusions.
  • The simple melody derived from a pentatonic scale and the prevailing dotted rhythm in compound duple meter elicit the feeling of a slow, graceful Korean traditional dance.
  • The second issue, the interpretation of time signatures and the relationship between duple and triple time, is more controversial.


mid 16th century: from Latin duplus, from duo 'two'.

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