- a mark ( ? ) placed over a short vowel or a short or unstressed syllable
- Law a judicial writ
- Music a note written ? or ? having the combined time value of two whole notes
Origin of breveItalian ; from Classical Latin brevis, brief
- A symbol (&thin;˘&thin;) placed over a vowel to show that it has a short sound.
- A curved mark used to indicate a short or unstressed syllable of verse.
- Music A note equivalent to two whole notes.
Origin of breveMiddle English, written communication, from Old French, from Medieval Latin, short syllable, from Latin, neuter of brevis, short; see brief.
- (orthography, printing) A semicircular diacritical mark (˘) placed above a vowel, commonly used to mark its quantity as short.
- (music, UK) A double whole note.
- (law) Any writ or precept under seal, issued out of any court.
- (zoology) The great ant thrush of Sumatra (Pitta gigas), which has a very short tail.
From Latin brevis (“short”).