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

Definition of septenary in English:


Relating to or divided into seven.

noun (plural septenaries)

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1A group or set of seven, in particular:
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

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