Definition of anacrusis
plural anacrusesplay \-ˌsēz\
1 : one or more syllables at the beginning of a line of poetry that are regarded as preliminary to and not a part of the metrical pattern
2 : upbeat; specifically : one or more notes or tones preceding the first downbeat of a musical phrase
Origin of anacrusis
New Latin, from Greek anakrousis beginning of a song, from anakrouein to begin a song, from ana- + krouein to strike, beat; akin to Lithuanian kraušyti to strike
First Known Use: 1830
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