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barcarole

or bar·ca·rolle

[bahr-kuh-rohl]
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noun
  1. a boating song of the Venetian gondoliers.
  2. a piece of music composed in the style of such songs.
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Origin of barcarole

1605–15; < Venetian barcarola boatman's song, feminine of barcarolo, equivalent to barcar- (< Late Latin barcārius boatman; see bark3, -ary) + -olo (≪ Latin -eolus)
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Examples from the Web for barcarole

Historical Examples

  • I enhanced the likeness very much, last Friday morning, by singing a barcarole on the rocks.

    The Letters of Charles Dickens

    Charles Dickens

  • Madame Hvoslef, who is an accomplished performer, sat down to it, and gave us the barcarole from Massaniello.

    Northern Travel

    Bayard Taylor

  • The Barcarole is one of the few which by virtue of its serene and classical beauty has still been able to survive it.

  • The blind beggar touched his harp; in the distance were heard the rhythmic strains of a Barcarole.

    The Hill of Venus

    Nathan Gallizier

  • Then one song and another was called for, and the night rang with ballad and barcarole, glee and round.

    The Merryweathers

    Laura E. Richards


British Dictionary definitions for barcarole

barcarole

barcarolle

noun
  1. a Venetian boat song in a time of six or twelve quaver beats to the bar
  2. an instrumental composition resembling this
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Word Origin

C18: from French, from Italian barcarola, from barcaruolo boatman, from barca boat; see barque
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