hemiola

[hem-ee-oh-luh]
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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.

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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Contemporary Examples of hemiola

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

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British Dictionary definitions for hemiola

hemiola

hemiolia

noun

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