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nocturne

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/ ˈnɒk tɜrn /
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noun Music.

a piece appropriate to the night or evening.
an instrumental composition of a dreamy or pensive character.

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Origin of nocturne

From the French word nocturne, dating back to 1860–65. See nocturn
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British Dictionary definitions for nocturne

nocturne
/ (ˈnɒktɜːn) /

noun

a short, lyrical piece of music, esp one for the piano
a painting or tone poem of a night scene
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