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quodlibet Line breaks: quod|libet
Pronunciation: /ˈkwɒdlɪbɛt/

Definition of quodlibet in English:


1 archaic A topic for or exercise in philosophical or theological discussion: an author of theological lectures and quodlibets
2 literary A light-hearted medley of well-known tunes.
Example sentences
  • As you know, a quodlibet contrapuntally mingles independent tunes, like ‘Humoresque’ and ‘Way Down upon the Swanee River.’
  • From this he generates canons, overtures, duets, fugues, 3-part sinfonias, and even the famous quodlibet, in which several tunes sound simultaneously.



Pronunciation: /kwɒdlɪbɪˈtɛːrɪən/


Late Middle English: from Latin, from quod 'what' + libet 'it pleases'.

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