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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
  • Margaret began a barcarolle—presently a loud knock at the door.

  • From the ladies' orchestra in the hall came the barcarolle from The Tales of Hoffmann.

    To Tell You the Truth Leonard Merrick
  • The first kiss of her first love—moonlight, and the barcarolle.

    To Tell You the Truth Leonard Merrick
  • In Chopin's barcarolle there is a number of trills preceded by grace notes.

    Piano Playing

    Josef Hofmann
  • He had it–the “barcarolle,” the boat-song from the “Tales of Hoffmann!”

    Silver and Gold

    Dane Coolidge
  • She was playing, not practicing, and the music was the barcarolle from the "Tales" of Hoffmann.

    The Street of Seven Stars Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • As the barcarolle swelled and died away, I felt this conviction growing within me.

    Aliens William McFee
  • My sister declared the other night, after Julia had sung that barcarolle, that you were fatally smitten.

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly Charles James Lever
  • Strictly speaking, the barcarolle is an Italian boat-songbarca being the Italian word for boat.

  • Herein lies the idea of the barcarolle, the ebb and flow, the undulation of each measure.

    Piano Mastery

    Harriette Brower
British Dictionary definitions for barcarolle


/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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