whole note


: a musical note equal in time value to four quarter notes or two half notes see note illustration

Examples of whole note in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Remember that sforzando on the whole note attached to the eighth must be strict. Variety, 2 Mar. 2023 However, the music that I was handed was always a keyboard lead sheet or keyboard part, mostly whole note and half-note chords, big beautiful ones, and some key figures here and there. Ron Hart, Billboard, 19 Sep. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1834, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of whole note was in 1834

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“Whole note.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whole%20note. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

whole note

: a musical note equal to one measure of four beats
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