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[deb-yoo-see, dey-byoo-, duh-byoo-see; French duh-by-see] /ˌdɛb yʊˈsi, ˌdeɪ byʊ-, dəˈbyu si; French də büˈsi/
Claude Achille
[klawd uh-sheel;; French klohd a-sheel] /klɔd əˈʃil;; French kloʊd aˈʃil/ (Show IPA),
1862–1918, French composer.
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[dih-byoo-see-uh n] /dɪˈbyu si ən/ (Show IPA),
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Examples from the Web for Debussy
Historical Examples
  • Behind Monet and Debussy the umbrella persisted, with the steady beat of a drum.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • Debussy's extraordinary music136 may be explained in the same way.

  • Strauss and Debussy are also very different in their methods of composition.

    Great Pianists on Piano Playing

    James Francis Cooke
  • Strauss and Debussy are the legitimate fruits of thy evil tree of music!

    Egoists James Huneker
  • And now you just sit down at that piano and play me Debussy's 'Arabesque.'

    Three Soldiers John Dos Passos
  • In Debussy these combinations are used as freely as triads, e.g.

    Music: An Art and a Language Walter Raymond Spalding
  • For Debussy, like Beethoven before him, is a passionate lover of Nature.

    Music: An Art and a Language Walter Raymond Spalding
  • The following is illustrative of the attitude of the old master towards Debussy.

    An Autobiography Igor Stravinsky
  • I very much like the music, which Debussy had already played to me on the piano.

    An Autobiography Igor Stravinsky
  • It was while still in Switzerland that I heard of Debussy's death.

    An Autobiography Igor Stravinsky
British Dictionary definitions for Debussy


/dəˈbjuːsɪ; ˈdeɪbjuːsɪ; French dəbysi/
(Achille) Claude (klod). 1862–1918, French composer and critic, the creator of impressionism in music and a profound influence on contemporary composition. His works include Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (1894) and La Mer (1905) for orchestra, the opera Pelléas et Mélisande (1902), and many piano pieces and song settings
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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