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[doo-puh l, dyoo-] /ˈdu pəl, ˈdyu-/
having two parts; double; twofold.
Music. having two or sometimes a multiple of two beats in a measure:
duple meter.
Origin of duple
1535-45; < Latin duplus double Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for duple
Historical Examples
  • He recognizes two kinds of measure—triple or perfect, and duple or imperfect.

  • duple (sometimes called even measure, or even time), in which there are two beats, the first one being accented.

  • The Pavan has been mentioned before, as the dance in duple time which preceded the Galliard which was in a triple rhythm.

    Shakespeare and Music Edward W. Naylor
  • duple time did not come into general use until the beginning of the fourteenth century.

    Critical & Historical Essays Edward MacDowell
  • In many bars it is almost impossible to distinguish whether the tune is triple or duple.

    Jamaican Song and Story Walter Jekyll
British Dictionary definitions for duple


a less common word for double
(music) (of time or music) having two beats in a bar
Word Origin
C16: from Latin duplus twofold, double
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