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hemiola

[ hem-ee-oh-luh ]
/ ˌhɛm iˈoʊ lə /
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noun Music.
a rhythmic pattern of syncopated beats with two beats in the time of three or three beats in the time of two.
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Origin of hemiola

1590–1600; <Medieval Latin hēmiolia<Greek hēmiolía the ratio of one and a half to one, feminine of hēmiolíos half as large again, equivalent to hēmi-hemi- + (h)ól(os) whole + -ios adj. suffix
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How to use hemiola in a sentence

  • Music aficionados recognize this rhythm as a triplet or “hemiola”: the playing of two different musical patterns simultaneously.

    The Goldilocks of Black Holes|Matthew R. Francis|August 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST

British Dictionary definitions for hemiola

hemiola

hemiolia

/ (ˌhɛmɪˈəʊlə) /

noun
music a rhythmic device involving the superimposition of, for example, two notes in the time of threeAlso called: sesquialtera

Derived forms of hemiola

hemiolic (ˌhɛmɪˈɒlɪk), adjective

Word Origin for hemiola

New Latin, from Greek hēmiolia ratio of one to one and a half, from hemi- + (h) olos whole
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