nocturne

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noun noc·turne \ ˈnäk-ˌtərn \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of nocturne

:a work of art dealing with evening or night; especially :a dreamy pensive composition for the piano — compare aubade 3

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Origin and Etymology of nocturne

borrowed from French, noun derivative of nocturne "of the night," going back to Middle French, borrowed from Latin nocturnus — more at nocturnal


NOCTURNE Defined for English Language Learners

nocturne

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Definition of nocturne for English Language Learners

  • : a piece of music especially for the piano that has a soft and somewhat sad melody



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