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or barcarolle

[bahr-kuh-rohl] /ˈbɑr kəˌroʊl/
a boating song of the Venetian gondoliers.
a piece of music composed in the style of such songs.
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) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Historical Examples
  • I enhanced the likeness very much, last Friday morning, by singing a barcarole on the rocks.

  • 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
  • Dulcamara brings out a piece of music, which he says is the latest thing from Venice, a barcarole for two voices.

  • She wandered off into the gentle sadness of Godard's "barcarole," and the three ghosts sat motionless.

    The Outrage Annie Vivanti
  • Théophile was singing the barcarole from the second act of Aline, Queen of Golconda at the top of his voice.

    The Revolt of the Angels Anatole France
  • He ran upstairs, singing a barcarole at the top of his voice, and rushed into the room, waving the model ship above his head.

  • My own father was barcarole there to a great Milordo, I can't say how many years back.

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2) Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for barcarole


/ˈbɑːkəˌrəʊl; -ˌrɒl; ˌbɑːkəˈrəʊl/
a Venetian boat song in a time of six or twelve quaver beats to the bar
an instrumental composition resembling this
Word Origin
C18: from French, from Italian barcarola, from barcaruolo boatman, from barca boat; see barque
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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