[ French ber-sœz ]
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noun,plural ber·ceuses [French ber-sœz]. /French bɛrˈsœz/. Music.
  1. a cradlesong; lullaby.

  2. a composition for instrument or voice, having a soothing, reflective character.

Origin of berceuse

1875–80; <French, equivalent to berc(er) to rock + -euse-euse

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How to use berceuse in a sentence

  • Every violinist plays, or ought to play, his delicious "berceuse."

    Masters of French Music | Arthur Hervey
  • When d'Albert plays Chopin's berceuse, beautifully, it is a lullaby for healthy male children growing too big for the cradle.

    Plays, Acting and Music | Arthur Symons
  • As she passed each corpse she knelt beside it and sang the foolish little berceuse that Poitou mothers sing to their babies.

    Leerie | Ruth Sawyer
  • The plaintive melody of the berceuse rang in her ears on duty and off, till at last she could stand it no longer.

    Leerie | Ruth Sawyer
  • If you would like some more, I will play you the berceuse now.

British Dictionary definitions for berceuse


/ (French bɛrsøz) /

  1. a cradlesong or lullaby

  2. an instrumental piece suggestive of this, in six-eight time

Origin of berceuse

C19: from French: lullaby, from bercer to rock

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