noun \ˈlilt\

: the attractive quality of speech or music that rises and falls in a pleasing pattern

Full Definition of LILT

:  a spirited and usually cheerful song or tune
:  a rhythmical swing, flow, or cadence
:  a springy buoyant movement

Examples of LILT

  1. There was a charming lilt to her voice.
  2. a tune with a lilt

First Known Use of LILT

circa 1680

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue

Rhymes with LILT



Definition of LILT

transitive verb
:  to sing or play in a lively cheerful manner
intransitive verb
:  to sing or speak rhythmically and with fluctuating pitch
:  to move in a lively springy manner

Origin of LILT

Middle English lulten to sound an alarm
First Known Use: 1722


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