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noun, plural gra·dus·es.Music.
a work consisting wholly or in part of exercises of increasing difficulty.
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Origin of gradus

<Latin: grade, step

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[ grey-duhs ]
/ ˈgreɪ dəs /

noun, plural gra·dus·es.
a dictionary of prosody, especially one that gives word quantities and poetic phrases and that is intended to aid students in the writing of Latin and Greek verse.

Origin of gradus

First recorded in 1755–65; after Gradus ad Parnassum (a step to Parnassus), Latin title of a dictionary of prosody much used in English public schools during the 18th and 19th centuries
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British Dictionary definitions for gradus

/ (ˈɡreɪdəs) /

noun plural -duses
a book of études or other musical exercises arranged in order of increasing difficulty
prosody a dictionary or textbook of prosody for use in writing Latin or Greek verse

Word Origin for gradus

C18: shortened from Latin Gradus ad Parnassum a step towards Parnassus, a dictionary of prosody used in the 18th and 19th centuries
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