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

  1. Claude A·chille [klawduh-sheel; French klohda-sheel], /klɔd əˈʃil; French kloʊd aˈʃil/, 1862–1918, French composer.

Other words from Debussy

  • De·bus·sy·an [dih-byoo-see-uhn], /dɪˈbyu si ən/, adjective

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How to use Debussy in a sentence

  • From this she suddenly turned to Debussy—she played a most difficult thing of his—I can't remember its name—then she stopped.

    Man and Maid | Elinor Glyn
  • Inez interrupted one of these communions, when Helen supposed herself alone with Debussy.

    The Spell | William Dana Orcutt
  • The Debussy opera, wonderful as it is, does not begin to make the vocal demands that such a work as Trovatore does.

British Dictionary definitions for Debussy


/ (dəˈbjuːsɪ, ˈdeɪbjuːsɪ, French dəbysi) /

  1. (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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