Definition of whole note in English:

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whole note

Pronunciation: /ˈhōl ˌnōt/


Music , North American
A note having the time value of two half notes or four quarter notes, represented by a ring with no stem. It is the longest note now in common use. Also called semibreve.
Example sentences
  • For people who might look at the score, with its long held whole notes and wonder where the music is, I can tell you that it is in the living, trembling, vibrating sounds that these dots are converted into performance.
  • Students will first begin by identifying which color M&Ms represent which notes: an eighth note, a quarter note, a half note, and a whole note (the pretzels will be the stems).
  • If the strings were given anything to play besides extended whole notes, I didn't hear it.

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Syllabification: whole note

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