common time

  1. a meter or tempo of four beats per measure, with each of four quarter notes receiving a single beat. Symbol: C

Origin of common time

First recorded in 1665–75

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British Dictionary definitions for common time

common time

  1. music a time signature indicating four crotchet beats to the bar; four-four time: Symbol: C

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