segue


1se·gue

verb imperative \ˈse-(ˌ)gwā, ˈsā-\

Definition of SEGUE

1
:  proceed to what follows without pause —used as a direction in music
2
:  perform the music that follows like that which has preceded —used as a direction in music

Origin of SEGUE

Italian, there follows, from seguire to follow, from Latin sequi — more at sue
First Known Use: circa 1740

Other Music Terms

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

2se·gue

intransitive verb \ˈse-(ˌ)gwā, ˈsā-\
se·guedse·gue·ing

Definition of SEGUE

1
:  to proceed without pause from one musical number or theme to another
2
:  to make a transition without interruption from one activity, topic, scene, or part to another <segued smoothly into the next story>

Examples of SEGUE

  1. She quickly segued to the next topic.
  2. The band smoothly segued from one song to the next.
  3. In the movie, a shot of the outside of the house segued neatly to a shot of the family inside the house.
  4. Then he quickly segues into the dangers of being too hard on cops who make an honest mistake. That turns out to be the moral of the story, the perils of politics intruding on the job. —Ted Conover, New York Times Book Review, 18 Apr. 2004

Origin of SEGUE

(see 1segue)
First Known Use: circa 1913

Other Music Terms

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

3se·gue

noun \ˈse-(ˌ)gwā, ˈsā-\

Definition of SEGUE

:  a transition made without pause or interruption :  the act or an instance of segueing (see 2segue)

Examples of SEGUE

  1. The evening news continued, a fast segue into a promo for that night's showcase program, an inquiry into the sources of the civic genius of Bonaparte … —Ward Just, Forgetfulness, (2006) 2007

Origin of SEGUE

(see 1segue)
First Known Use: circa 1937

Other Music Terms

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

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