breve

noun
\ˈbrēv, ˈbrev \

Definition of breve 

1 : a note equivalent to two whole notes

2 : a curved mark ˘ used to indicate a short vowel or a short or unstressed syllable

First Known Use of breve

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for breve

Middle English brefe, from Medieval Latin, from neuter of brevis brief — more at brief

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breve

noun
\ˈbrēv, ˈbrev\

Kids Definition of breve

: a mark ˘ placed over a vowel to show that the vowel is short

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