bar·​ca·​role | \ ˈbär-kə-ˌrōl How to pronounce barcarole (audio) \
variants: or barcarolle

Definition of barcarole

1 : a Venetian boat song usually in ⁶/₈ or ¹²/₈ time characterized by the alternation of a strong and weak beat that suggests a rowing rhythm
2 : music imitating a barcarole

Examples of barcarole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The barcarole that sentimentally takes Pierrot home back to Bergamo, with a moonbeam for a rudder and a water lily for a boat, gets its sinister, otherworldly wind for its sails from the full quintet up to its eerie tricks. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, "Schoenberg knew. When the world goes mad, send in the clowns," 25 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of barcarole

1761, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for barcarole

French barcarolle, from Italian dialect (Venice) barcarola, from barcarolo gondolier, from barca bark, from Late Latin

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“Barcarole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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