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1lilt

noun \ˈlilt\

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

Full Definition of LILT

1
:  a spirited and usually cheerful song or tune
2
:  a rhythmical swing, flow, or cadence
3
:  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

2lilt

verb

Definition of LILT

transitive verb
:  to sing or play in a lively cheerful manner
intransitive verb
1
:  to sing or speak rhythmically and with fluctuating pitch
2
:  to move in a lively springy manner

Origin of LILT

Middle English lulten to sound an alarm
First Known Use: 1722
LILT Defined for Kids

lilt

verb \ˈlilt\
lilt·edlilt·ing

Definition of LILT for Kids

:  to sing or play in a lively cheerful manner

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