Quodlibet meaning

kwŏdlə-bĕt
A usually humorous medley.
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An academic debate or exercise in argument, esp. on a theological question.
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A humorously incongruous musical parody, esp. of well-known melodies or texts.
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(music) A form of music with melodies in counterpoint.
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(art) A form of trompe l'oeil which realistically renders domestic items (paper-knives, playing-cards, ribbons, etc).
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(philosophy) A mode of philosophical debate popular in the Middle Ages, in which any question could be posed extemporaneously.
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Origin of quodlibet

  • Middle English from Medieval Latin quodlibetum from Latin quod libet anything at all quod what kwo- in Indo-European roots libet it pleases third person sing. present tense of libēre to be pleasing leubh- in Indo-European roots

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