: a note equivalent to two whole notes
: a curved mark ˘ used to indicate a short vowel or a short or unstressed syllable

Examples of breve in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The coffee concept’s menu is a collection of sweet coffee drinks like a caramel and vanilla breve dubbed the Blondie, which is one of their seven original coffee drinks (hence the name 7 Brew). Dallas News, 18 July 2022 Bifidobacterium breve is a type of probiotic that is found in food and supplements. The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 June 2022 Bifidobacterium breve may also improve mental health. The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 June 2022 It’s made with Irish cream, vanilla breve (which is steamed half and half) and six shots of espresso. Black Rock Coffee Bar opened March 19, 2021 at 7900 Woodbridge Parkway in Sachse. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 25 Mar. 2021

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of breve was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Breve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/breve. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


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

from Latin breve, brevis "short, brief" — related to brief

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