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  1. a piece appropriate to the night or evening.

  2. an instrumental composition of a dreamy or pensive character.

Origin of nocturne

From the French word nocturne, dating back to 1860–65. See nocturn

Words Nearby nocturne Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use nocturne in a sentence

  • The lovely "nocturne" of the evening plain had passed into a Vision or Masque of Force that captured the mind.

    Marriage la mode | Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Azalea stopped singing, but played on in dreamy mood a low, sad nocturne.

    They Looked and Loved | Mrs. Alex McVeigh Miller
  • Emmie sang two more songs, Julia laughing and coquetting with Ethan over prelude and interlude; and then Julia played a nocturne.

    The Open Question | Elizabeth Robins
  • How can one teach the interpretation of a Chopin nocturne, for instance, by merely talking about it.

    Piano Mastery | Harriette Brower
  • The unique character of nocturne makes it very hard to write about Swinnerton.

    When Winter Comes to Main Street | Grant Martin Overton

British Dictionary definitions for nocturne


/ (ˈnɒktɜːn) /

  1. a short, lyrical piece of music, esp one for the piano

  2. a painting or tone poem of a night scene

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