[ ree-cher-kahr ]

  1. Music. a chiefly polyphonic instrumental form of the 16th and 17th centuries closely resembling the vocal motet in structure and style.

  2. a composition, especially for a keyboard instrument, having this form.

Origin of ricercar

First recorded in 1780–90; apocopated variant of ricercare
  • Also ricercare, ri·cer·ca·ta [ree-cher-kah-tuh]. /ˌri tʃərˈkɑ tə/.

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