a note equivalent in duration to four quarter notes.
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Origin of whole note
First recorded in 1590–1600
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British Dictionary definitions for whole note
US and Canadian a note, now the longest in common use, having a time value that may be divided by any power of 2 to give all other notesAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): semibreve
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