neume

noun
\ ˈnüm How to pronounce neume (audio) , ˈnyüm \

Definition of neume

: any of various symbols used in the notation of Gregorian chant

Other Words from neume

neumatic \ nu̇-​ˈma-​tik How to pronounce neumatic (audio) , nyu̇-​ \ adjective

First Known Use of neume

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for neume

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

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“Neume.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/neume. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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