Share this entry

Share this page

septenary

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

Definition of septenary in English:

adjective

Relating to or divided into seven.

noun (plural septenaries)

Back to top  
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.

Origin

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

Definition of septenary in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

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

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day cumbersome
Pronunciation: ˈkəmbərsəm
adjective
large or heavy and therefore difficult to carry…