[fyoo-guh l]

adjective Music.

of or relating to a fugue, or composed in the style of a fugue.

Origin of fugal

First recorded in 1850–55; fugue + -al1
Related formsfu·gal·ly, adverbun·fu·gal, adjectiveun·fu·gal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for fugal

Historical Examples of fugal

  • This is the best part of it—a fugal Gloria, ending with a pedal-point.

    The Nebuly Coat

    John Meade Falkner

  • First one commencing with chords, after which, fugal imitation.

  • And, besides, Kuhnau prided himself on the fugal character of his sonatas.

  • His counterpoint has a freedom and spontaneity not to be found in the music of the later contrapuntal, fugal, arithmetical school.


    John F. Runciman

  • This is suddenly changed to the guise of a fugal theme, with new close, that starts a maze of disputation.

British Dictionary definitions for fugal



of, relating to, or in the style of a fugue
Derived Formsfugally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for fugal

1854, from fugue + -al (1).

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