neume

[ noom, nyoom ]

noun
  1. any of various symbols representing from one to four notes, used in the musical notation of the Middle Ages but now employed solely in the notation of Gregorian chant in the liturgical books of the Roman Catholic Church.

Origin of neume

1
1400–50; late Middle English <Medieval Latin neuma<Greek pneûma breath

Other words from neume

  • neu·mat·ic [noo-mat-ik, nyoo-], /nuˈmæt ɪk, nyu-/, neumic, adjective

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neume

neum

/ (njuːm) /


noun
  1. music one of a series of notational symbols used before the 14th century

Origin of neume

1
C15: from Medieval Latin neuma group of notes sung on one breath, from Greek pneuma breath

Derived forms of neume

  • neumic, adjective

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