[deb-yoo-see, dey-byoo-, duh-byoo-see; French duh-by-see]


Claude A·chille [klawd uh-sheel; French klohd a-sheel] /klɔd əˈʃil; French kloʊd aˈʃil/, 1862–1918, French composer.

Related formsDe·bus·sy·an [dih-byoo-see-uh n] /dɪˈbyu si ən/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for debussy

Historical Examples of debussy

  • Behind Monet and Debussy the umbrella persisted, with the steady beat of a drum.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • Debussy's extraordinary music136 may be explained in the same way.

  • Strauss and Debussy are also very different in their methods of composition.

  • Strauss and Debussy are the legitimate fruits of thy evil tree of music!


    James Huneker

  • And now you just sit down at that piano and play me Debussy's 'Arabesque.'

    Three Soldiers

    John Dos Passos

British Dictionary definitions for debussy



(Achille) Claude (klod). 1862–1918, French composer and critic, the creator of impressionism in music and a profound influence on contemporary composition. His works include Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (1894) and La Mer (1905) for orchestra, the opera Pelléas et Mélisande (1902), and many piano pieces and song settings
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