a technique in medieval musical composition in which two or three voice parts are given notes or short phrases in rapid alternation, producing an erratic, hiccuping effect.

Nearby words

  1. hochheimer,
  2. hochhuth,
  3. hochmagandy,
  4. hock,
  5. hock leg,
  6. hockett,
  7. hockey,
  8. hockey mom,
  9. hockey skate,
  10. hockey stick

Origin of hocket

1250–1300; Middle English hoket hitch < Middle French hocquet hiccup, sudden interruption, equivalent to hoc- (imitative) + -et diminutive suffix; see hiccup

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