[ ree-cher-kahr ]
/ ˌri tʃərˈkɑr /


Music. a chiefly polyphonic instrumental form of the 16th and 17th centuries closely resembling the vocal motet in structure and style.
a composition, especially for a keyboard instrument, having this form.

Nearby words

  1. rice, jerry lee,
  2. rice-paper plant,
  3. rice-paper tree,
  4. ricebird,
  5. ricer,
  6. ricercare,
  7. ricey,
  8. rich,
  9. rich as croesus,
  10. rich rhyme

Also ricercare, ri·cer·ca·ta [ree-cher-kah-tuh] /ˌri tʃərˈkɑ tə/.

Origin of ricercar

First recorded in 1780–90; apocopated variant of ricercare

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