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Friday, October 17, 2014

Definitions for duple

  1. having two parts; double; twofold.
  2. Music. having two or sometimes a multiple of two beats in a measure: duple meter.

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Citations for duple
About the same number of poems set to duple or mixed meter tunes have the most characteristic poetic meter of six-syllable lines. Timothy J. Cooley, Making Music in the Polish Tatras, 2005
The tune is in duple time, as are most corridors with a basic line longer than eight syllables. Américo Paredes, A Texas-Mexican Cancionero: Folksongs of the Lower Border, 1976
Origin of duple
1535-1545
Duple entered English in the mid-1500s. It comes from the Latin word duplus which meant "double."