- a cradlesong; lullaby.
- a composition for instrument or voice, having a soothing, reflective character.
Origin of berceuse
1875–80; < French, equivalent to berc(er) to rock + -euse -euse
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Examples from the Web for berceuse
Every violinist plays, or ought to play, his delicious "Berceuse."Masters of French Music
If you would like some more, I will play you the Berceuse now.The Damnation of Theron Ware
The plaintive melody of the berceuse rang in her ears on duty and off, till at last she could stand it no longer.Leerie
When d'Albert plays Chopin's Berceuse, beautifully, it is a lullaby for healthy male children growing too big for the cradle.Plays, Acting and Music
- a cradlesong or lullaby
- an instrumental piece suggestive of this, in six-eight time
C19: from French: lullaby, from bercer to rock
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Word Origin and History for berceuse
"cradle song," 1876, from French berceuse "cradle-song, woman who rocks an infant," from bercer "to rock" (Old French bercier "to rock" a child in a cradle, 12c.) + fem. agent suffix -euse.
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