\ ˈbrēv How to pronounce breve (audio) , ˈbrev How to pronounce breve (audio) \

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

Examples of breve in a Sentence

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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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23 Jun 2022

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“Breve.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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Kids Definition of breve

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


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