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madrigal

play
noun mad·ri·gal \ˈma-dri-gəl\

Simple Definition of madrigal

  • : a type of song for several singers without instruments that was popular in the 16th and 17th centuries

Full Definition of madrigal

  1. 1 :  a medieval short lyrical poem in a strict poetic form

  2. 2 a :  a complex polyphonic unaccompanied vocal piece on a secular text developed especially in the 16th and 17th centuries b :  part-song; especially :  glee

mad·ri·gal·ian play \ˌma-drə-ˈga-lē-ən, -ˈgā-\ adjective
mad·ri·gal·ist play \ˈma-dri-gə-list\ noun

Origin of madrigal

Italian madrigale, probably from Medieval Latin matricale, from neuter of *matricalis simple, from Late Latin, of the womb, from Latin matric-, matrix womb, from mater mother


First Known Use: 1588


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