or bar·ca·rolle

[ bahr-kuh-rohl ]

  1. a boating song of the Venetian gondoliers.

  2. a piece of music composed in the style of such songs.

Origin of barcarole

1605–15; <Venetian barcarola boatman's song, feminine of barcarolo, equivalent to barcar- (<Late Latin barcārius boatman; see bark3, -ary) + -olo (≪ Latin -eolus)

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How to use barcarole in a sentence

  • Théophile was singing the barcarole from the second act of Aline, Queen of Golconda at the top of his voice.

    The Revolt of the Angels | Anatole France
  • Now, won't you play that pretty barcarole you played the other night at Lady Fenleigh's?

    The Lady of the Aroostook | William Dean Howells
  • He ran upstairs, singing a barcarole at the top of his voice, and rushed into the room, waving the model ship above his head.

  • My own father was barcarole there to a great Milordo, I can't say how many years back.

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  • Mamma is gone, and Ned was asking little Muir to sing that delicious barcarole she gave us the other evening.

British Dictionary definitions for barcarole



/ (ˈbɑːkəˌrəʊl, -ˌrɒl, ˌbɑːkəˈrəʊl) /

  1. a Venetian boat song in a time of six or twelve quaver beats to the bar

  2. an instrumental composition resembling this

Origin of barcarole

C18: from French, from Italian barcarola, from barcaruolo boatman, from barca boat; see barque

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