hemi·​o·​la ˌhe-mē-ˈō-lə How to pronounce hemiola (audio)
: a musical rhythmic alteration in which six equal notes may be heard as two groups of three or three groups of two

Word History


Late Latin hemiolia, from Greek hēmiolia ratio of one and a half to one, from hēmi- + holos whole — more at safe

First Known Use

circa 1934, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hemiola was circa 1934

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Cite this Entry

“Hemiola.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hemiola. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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