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[doo-puh l, dyoo-]
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  1. having two parts; double; twofold.
  2. Music. having two or sometimes a multiple of two beats in a measure: duple meter.
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Origin of duple

1535–45; < Latin duplus double
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Historical Examples

  • He recognizes two kinds of measure—triple or perfect, and duple or imperfect.

    A Popular History of the Art of Music

    W. S. B. Mathews

  • Duple (sometimes called even measure, or even time), in which there are two beats, the first one being accented.

  • The Pavan has been mentioned before, as the dance in Duple time which preceded the Galliard which was in a triple rhythm.

    Shakespeare and Music

    Edward W. Naylor

  • Duple time did not come into general use until the beginning of the fourteenth century.

  • In many bars it is almost impossible to distinguish whether the tune is triple or duple.

British Dictionary definitions for duple


  1. a less common word for double
  2. music (of time or music) having two beats in a bar
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin duplus twofold, double
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