ˈnüm How to pronounce neume (audio)
: any of various symbols used in the notation of Gregorian chant
neumatic adjective

Word History


Middle English, from Medieval Latin pneuma, neuma, from Greek pneuma breath — more at pneumatic

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of neume was in the 14th century

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“Neume.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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