- An example of a fugue is a song written specifically for three voices.
- An example of a fugue is forgetting the last ten minutes.
- a musical composition for a definite number of parts or voices, in which a subject is announced in one voice, imitated in succession by each of the other voices, and developed contrapuntally
- Psychiatry a state of psychological amnesia during which the subject seems to behave in a conscious and rational way, although upon return to normal consciousness he cannot remember the period of time nor what he did during it; temporary flight from reality
Origin of fugueFrench ; from Italian fuga ; from Classical Latin a flight ; from fugere: see fugitive
- Music A contrapuntal musical composition whose basic structure consists of a theme or themes stated successively in different voices.
- Psychiatry A dissociative state, usually caused by trauma, marked by sudden travel or wandering away from home and an inability to remember one's past.
Origin of fugueItalian fuga (influenced by French fugue, from Italian fuga), from Latin, flight.
Borrowing from French, from Italian fuga (“flight, ardor”), from Latin fuga (“act of fleeing”), from fugere (“to flee”). Apparently from the metaphor that the first part starts alone on its course, and is pursued by later parts.