madrigal

noun mad·ri·gal \ ˈma-dri-gəl \

Definition of madrigal

1 :a medieval short lyrical poem in a strict poetic form
2 a :a complex polyphonic unaccompanied vocal piece on a secular text developed especially in the 16th and 17th centuries
b :part-song; especially :glee

madrigalian

play \ˌma-drə-ˈga-lē-ən, -ˈgā-\ adjective

madrigalist

play \ˈma-dri-gə-list\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of madrigal

Italian madrigale, probably from Medieval Latin matricale, from neuter of *matricalis simple, from Late Latin, of the womb, from Latin matric-, matrix womb, from mater mother


MADRIGAL Defined for English Language Learners

madrigal

noun

Definition of madrigal for English Language Learners

  • : a type of song for several singers without instruments that was popular in the 16th and 17th centuries


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