berceuse

[ French ber-sœz ]
/ French bɛrˈsœz /

noun, plural ber·ceuses [French ber-sœz] /French bɛrˈsœz/. Music.

a cradlesong; lullaby.
a composition for instrument or voice, having a soothing, reflective character.

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Origin of berceuse

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

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Examples from the Web for berceuse

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

  • When d'Albert plays Chopin's Berceuse, beautifully, it is a lullaby for healthy male children growing too big for the cradle.

  • 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

berceuse

/ (French bɛrsøz) /

noun

a cradlesong or lullaby
an instrumental piece suggestive of this, in six-eight time

Word Origin for berceuse

C19: from French: lullaby, from bercer to rock

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Word Origin and History for berceuse

berceuse

n.

"cradle song," 1876, from French berceuse "cradle-song, woman who rocks an infant," from bercer "to rock" (Old French bercier "to rock" a child in a cradle, 12c.) + fem. agent suffix -euse.

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