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ternary form

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noun
  1. a musical form in three sections, with the third usually an exact repetition of the first.

Origin of ternary form

First recorded in 1895–1900
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British Dictionary definitions for ternary form

ternary form

noun
  1. a musical structure consisting of two contrasting sections followed by a repetition of the first; the form abaAlso called: song form
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