eighth note

noun Music.

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

Origin of eighth note

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90
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Examples 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


US and Canadian music a note having the time value of an eighth of a semibreveAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): quaver
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