triple time

  1. time or rhythm characterized by three beats to the measure with an accent on the first beat.

Origin of triple time

First recorded in 1655–65
  • Also called triple measure, triplex.

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

How to use triple time in a sentence

  • The Sarabande was also in triple time, but its movement was slow and stately.

    How to Listen to Music, 7th ed. | Henry Edward Krehbiel
  • Is the time of the music generally common time, triple time, or irregular?

  • They are always in triple time, and consist of either two or three strains of an even number of bars.

    Shakespeare and Music | Edward W. Naylor
  • A peaceful closing section in the major key and in triple time expresses the consoled minds of the survivors.

    The Pianoforte Sonata | J.S. Shedlock
  • Chopin's four Ballades have one feature in common—they are written in triple time; and they are among his finest inspirations.

    How to Listen to Music, 7th ed. | Henry Edward Krehbiel

British Dictionary definitions for triple time

triple time

  1. musical time with three beats in each bar

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