- a piece appropriate to the night or evening.
- an instrumental composition of a dreamy or pensive character.
Origin of nocturne
Examples from the Web for nocturne
A nocturne—yes; it was getting dark, and the sea was rising—that was the sound of the sea.Olive in Italy
This nocturne is called a forerunner to the Chopin nocturnes.Old Fogy
She pulled a volume of Chopin from the stand, and began the twelfth nocturne.
Schubert's 'Hedge Roses' for one, and that nocturne of your own for the other.
In fact it is so popular that when any one is asked to play "Chopin's Nocturne," this one is meant.The Pianolist
- a short, lyrical piece of music, esp one for the piano
- a painting or tone poem of a night scene
Word Origin and History for nocturne
1862, "composition of a dreamy character," from French nocturne, literally "composition appropriate to the night," noun use of Old French nocturne "nocturnal," from Latin nocturnus (see nocturnal). Said to have been coined c.1814 by John Field, who wrote many of them, in a style that Chopin mastered in his own works, which popularized the term.