[ sem-ee-kwey-ver ]

nounMusic (chiefly British).
  1. a sixteenth note.

Origin of semiquaver

First recorded in 1570–80; semi- + quaver

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

How to use semiquaver in a sentence

  • From time to time a curious syncopated semiquaver figure is heard in the upper part: it may be intended to represent sobbing.

    The Pianoforte Sonata | J.S. Shedlock
  • And as the preceding semiquaver rang a handbell, this shaked the sprinkle with his fist.

  • The breve and the semiquaver is, we must have the descant you made upon our names, ere you depart.

British Dictionary definitions for semiquaver


/ (ˈsɛmɪˌkweɪvə) /

  1. music a note having the time value of one-sixteenth of a semibreve: Usual US and Canadian name: sixteenth note

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