barcarole

noun
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

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barcarole. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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