alla breve

noun (1)
al·​la breve | \ ˌa-lə-ˈbrev How to pronounce alla breve (audio) , ˌä-lə-ˈbre-(ˌ)vā How to pronounce alla breve (audio) \

Definition of alla breve

 (Entry 1 of 11)

: the sign marking a piece or passage to be played alla breve also : a passage so marked

alla breve

adverb or adjective

Definition of alla breve (Entry 2 of 11)

: in duple or quadruple time with the beat represented by the half note
al·​la mar·​cia | \ ˌäləˈmärˌchä; ˌaləˈmärchəˌ ˌäl-\

Definition of alla marcia (Entry 3 of 11)

: in march style : like a march used as a direction in music

all-a-mort

adjective

Definition of all-a-mort (Entry 4 of 11)

archaic
: amort
al·​la po·​lac·​ca | \ ˌäləpəˈläkə, ˌaləpəˈla-\

Definition of alla polacca (Entry 5 of 11)

: in the manner of a polonaise used as a direction in music

alla prima

noun (2)
al·​la pri·​ma | \ ˌäləˈprēmə, ˌal-\

Definition of alla prima (Entry 6 of 11)

: a method of painting in which pigments are laid on in a single application instead of being built up by repeated paintings
al·​la te·​des·​ca | \ ˌälətəˈdeskə, ˌal-, -tāˈ-\

Definition of alla tedesca (Entry 7 of 11)

1 : in the style of the allemande
2 : in the style of the ländler or the waltz
al·​la tur·​ca | \ ˌäləˈtu̇rkə, ˌal-; ˌaləˈtər-\

Definition of alla turca (Entry 8 of 11)

: in the style of the Turkish military band
al·​la zin·​ga·​ra | \ ˌäləˈtsiŋgərə, ˌal-; ˌaləˈzi-\

Definition of alla zingara (Entry 9 of 11)

: in gypsy style used as a direction in music
al·​la zop·​pa | \ ¦älət¦säpə, ¦al-, -ȯpə; ¦alə¦zäpə\

Definition of alla zoppa (Entry 10 of 11)

: in syncopated style used as a direction in music

all in a day's work

idiom

Definition of all in a day's work (Entry 11 of 11)

: part of a person's typical work Solving violent crimes is all in a day's work for these police detectives.

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Noun (1)

In the meaning defined above

First Known Use of alla breve

Noun (1)

circa 1731, in the meaning defined above

Adverb or adjective

1740, in the meaning defined above

Adverb (or adjective) (1)

1823, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

circa 1592, in the meaning defined above

Adverb (or adjective) (2)

1841, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1823, in the meaning defined above

Adverb (or adjective) (3)

1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb (or adjective) (4)

circa 1811, in the meaning defined above

Adverb (or adjective) (5)

circa 1873, in the meaning defined above

Adverb (or adjective) (6)

circa 1811, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alla breve

Noun (1)

Italian, literally, according to the breve

Adverb (or adjective) (1)

Italian

Adjective

by folk etymology (influence of all entry 2) from Middle French a la mort to the death

Adverb (or adjective) (2)

Italian, literally, in the Polish manner

Noun (2)

Italian, at once

Adverb (or adjective) (3)

Italian, in the German manner

Adverb (or adjective) (4)

Italian, in the Turkish manner

Adverb (or adjective) (5)

Italian

Adverb (or adjective) (6)

Italian, in a limping manner

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