plural semicadences
: a musical cadence that does not end on the tonic (see tonic entry 1 sense 3) note or on a root-position tonic harmony
especially : half cadence

Word History


semi- + cadence

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of semicadence was in 1876

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“Semicadence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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