[ hem-ee-oh-luh ]
/ ˌhɛm iˈoʊ lə /
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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Example sentences from the Web for hemiola
Music aficionados recognize this rhythm as a triplet or “hemiola”: the playing of two different musical patterns simultaneously.
British Dictionary definitions for hemiola
/ (ˌhɛmɪˈəʊlə) /
music a rhythmic device involving the superimposition of, for example, two notes in the time of threeAlso called: sesquialtera
Derived forms of hemiolahemiolic (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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