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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
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  • As it has been remarked, Debussy's orchestra is here, with few exceptions, the orchestra of Mozart's day.

  • Behind Monet and Debussy the umbrella persisted, with the steady beat of a drum.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • For that figure permitted Debussy to give himself completely in the creation of his ideal image.

    Musical Portraits Paul Rosenfeld
  • I very much like the music, which Debussy had already played to me on the piano.

    An Autobiography Igor Stravinsky
  • Debussy is of that clan who have uncompromisingly "turned their longing after the wind and wave of the mind."

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

    An Autobiography Igor Stravinsky
  • This work ranks with Debussy's Pellas et Mlisande as the most significant dramatic work of recent years.

    Music: An Art and a Language Walter Raymond Spalding
  • That is why I do not think at the moment of writing I could form a just appreciation of Debussy.

    An Autobiography Igor Stravinsky
  • And there is much besides that Ravel and Debussy have in common.

    Musical Portraits Paul Rosenfeld
  • He is even inferior, in the matter of style, to men like Weber and Debussy.

    Musical Portraits Paul Rosenfeld
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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