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noun Music.
a meter or tempo of four beats per measure, with each of four quarter notes receiving a single beat. Symbol: C
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Also called common measure.

Origin of common time

First recorded in 1665–75
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common time

noun
music a time signature indicating four crotchet beats to the bar; four-four timeSymbol: C
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