Madrigal definition

mădrĭ-gəl
A short poem, usually a love poem, which can be set to music.
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A part song, esp. an often contrapuntal song popular in the 15th, 16th, and 17th cent.
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A song for two or three unaccompanied voices, developed in Italy in the late 1200s and early 1300s.
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A short poem, often about love, suitable for being set to music.
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A polyphonic song using a vernacular text and written for four to six voices, developed in Italy in the 16th century and popular in England in the 1500s and early 1600s.
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A part song.
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(music) A song for a small number of unaccompanied voices; from 13th century Italy.
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(music) A polyphonic song for about six voices, from 16th century Italy.
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A short poem, often pastoral, and suitable to be set to music.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
madrigal
Plural:
madrigals

Origin of madrigal

  • Italian madrigale probably from dialectal madregal simple from Late Latin mātrīcālis invented, original from Latin of the womb from mātrīx mātrīc- womb from māter mātr- mother mater

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Italian madrigale, from Latin mātrīcālis.

    From Wiktionary