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
Origin and Etymology of barcarole
French barcarolle, from Italian dialect (Venice) barcarola, from barcarolo gondolier, from barca bark, from Late Latin
First Known Use: 1761
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