ri·​cer·​car | \ ˌrē-(ˌ)chər-ˈkär How to pronounce ricercar (audio) \
variants: or ricercare \ ˌrē-​(ˌ)chər-​ˈkä-​(ˌ)rā How to pronounce ricercare (audio) \
plural ricercars or ricercari\ ˌrē-​(ˌ)chər-​ˈkä-​(ˌ)rē How to pronounce ricercari (audio) \

Definition of ricercar

: any of various usually keyboard musical forms especially of the 16th and 17th centuries in either quasi-improvisatory toccata style or strict polyphonic fugal style

First Known Use of ricercar

1773, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ricercar

Italian, from ricercare to seek again, seek out, from ri- re- (from Latin re-) + cercare to seek, from Late Latin circare to go about — more at search

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“Ricercar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ricercar. Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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