A part song, esp. an often contrapuntal song popular in the 15th, 16th, and 17th cent.
Other Word Forms of Madrigal
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
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