[bey-toh-vuh n; German beyt-hoh-fuh n]
Related formsBee·tho·vi·an [bey-toh-vee-uh n] /beɪˈtoʊ vi ən/, Bee·tho·ve·ni·an [bey-toh-vee-nee-uh n, -veen-yuh n] /ˌbeɪ toʊˈvi ni ən, -ˈvin yən/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  • And other music also which she many a time read; as Beethoven's Great Nine.

    Bride of the Mistletoe

    James Lane Allen

  • No musical career for me, down came Beethoven from my wall, for I was now a writer.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • And yet Shelley meant something as certainly as Beethoven did.

  • "The Beethoven's fine," said Margaret, who was not a female of the encouraging type.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • He had said so bravely, and that is why one can trust Beethoven when he says other things.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

British Dictionary definitions for beethoven


  1. Ludwig van (ˈluːtvɪç fan). 1770–1827, German composer, who greatly extended the form and scope of symphonic and chamber music, bridging the classical and romantic traditions. His works include nine symphonies, 32 piano sonatas, 16 string quartets, five piano concertos, a violin concerto, two masses, the opera Fidelio (1805), and choral music
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