eighth note


noun Music.

a note having one eighth of the time value of a whole note; quaver.

QUIZZES

CAN YOU FEEL THE WEAL WITH THIS WORD OF THE DAY QUIZ?

Did you collect all of last week’s words, but eftsoons forget what they mean? Don’t worry, we’re here to jog your memory. See how many words from the week of May 18 to 24 you can get right!
Question 1 of 7
weal

Origin of eighth note

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for eighth note

  • Sixteenth-notes may be used in place of the eighth-note, but should be approached and left step-wise.

  • The second and third movements each occupy the duration of an eighth-note.

    The Fascinating Boston|Alfonso Josephs Sheafe
  • In a slow tempo it may serve you to think of the second eighth-note of the triplet as being subdivided into two sixteenths.

    Piano Playing|Josef Hofmann
  • In the second bar a note which the editor had taken for an eighth-note was explained by the Composer as being a grace-note.

    The Shadow World|Hamlin Garland

British Dictionary definitions for eighth note

eighth note

noun

US and Canadian music a note having the time value of an eighth of a semibreveAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): quaver
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012