noun mad·ri·gal \ˈma-dri-gəl\

: a type of song for several singers without instruments that was popular in the 16th and 17th centuries

Full Definition of MADRIGAL

:  a medieval short lyrical poem in a strict poetic form
a :  a complex polyphonic unaccompanied vocal piece on a secular text developed especially in the 16th and 17th centuries
b :  part-song; especially :  glee
mad·ri·gal·ian \ˌma-drə-ˈga-lē-ən, -ˈgā-\ adjective
mad·ri·gal·ist \ˈma-dri-gə-list\ noun

Origin of MADRIGAL

Italian madrigale, probably from Medieval Latin matricale, from neuter of *matricalis simple, from Late Latin, of the womb, from Latin matric-, matrix womb, from mater mother
First Known Use: 1588

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue


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