or bar·ca·rolle


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. 2018

Examples from the Web for barcarolle

Historical Examples of barcarolle

  • Margaret began a Barcarolle—presently a loud knock at the door.

  • The first kiss of her first love—moonlight, and the barcarolle.

    To Tell You the Truth

    Leonard Merrick

  • From the ladies' orchestra in the hall came the barcarolle from The Tales of Hoffmann.

    To Tell You the Truth

    Leonard Merrick

  • In Chopin's Barcarolle there is a number of trills preceded by grace notes.

    Piano Playing

    Josef Hofmann

  • He had it–the “Barcarolle,” the boat-song from the “Tales of Hoffmann!”

    Silver and Gold

    Dane Coolidge

British Dictionary definitions for barcarolle



  1. a Venetian boat song in a time of six or twelve quaver beats to the bar
  2. 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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