- a melodic embellishment consisting of a rapid alternation of a principal tone with the tone a half or a whole step below it, called single or short when the auxiliary tone occurs once and double or long when this occurs twice or more.
- inverted mordent.
Origin of mordent
1800–10; < German < Italian mordente biting < Latin mordent-, stem of mordēns, present participle of mordēre to bite; see -ent
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Examples from the Web for mordent
When executing the mordent, is not the use of three fingers preferable to two?
The last note of the mordent should be accented in this case.
Running over the leaves he came to the illustrations of the mordent.How to Appreciate Music
Running over the leaves, he came to the illustrations of the mordent.Memories of a Musical Life
Mordent, mor′dent, n. a kind of trill in music, or the character indicating it.
- music a melodic ornament consisting of the rapid alternation of a note with a note one degree lower than itAlso called: lower mordent
C19: from German, from Italian mordente, from mordere to bite