or bar·ca·rolle



a boating song of the Venetian gondoliers.
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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for barcarole

Historical Examples of barcarole

  • I enhanced the likeness very much, last Friday morning, by singing a barcarole on the rocks.

  • Madame Hvoslef, who is an accomplished performer, sat down to it, and gave us the barcarole from Massaniello.

    Northern Travel

    Bayard Taylor

  • The Barcarole is one of the few which by virtue of its serene and classical beauty has still been able to survive it.

  • The blind beggar touched his harp; in the distance were heard the rhythmic strains of a Barcarole.

    The Hill of Venus

    Nathan Gallizier

  • Then one song and another was called for, and the night rang with ballad and barcarole, glee and round.

    The Merryweathers

    Laura E. Richards

British Dictionary definitions for barcarole




a Venetian boat song in a time of six or twelve quaver beats to the bar
an instrumental composition resembling this

Word Origin for barcarole

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