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noun Music (chiefly British ).
  1. a sixteenth note.
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Origin of semiquaver

First recorded in 1570–80; semi- + quaver
Also called demiquaver.
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Historical Examples

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

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  • And as the preceding Semiquaver rang a handbell, this shaked the sprinkle with his fist.

British Dictionary definitions for semiquaver


  1. music a note having the time value of one-sixteenth of a semibreveUsual US and Canadian name: sixteenth note
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Word Origin and History for semiquaver


"sixteenth-note," 1570s, from semi- + quaver (n.).

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