from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A song for two or three unaccompanied voices, developed in Italy in the late 13th and early 14th centuries.
- n. A short poem, often about love, suitable for being set to music.
- n. A polyphonic song using a vernacular text and written for four to six voices, developed in Italy in the 16th century and popular in England in the 16th and early 17th centuries.
- n. A part song.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a song for a small number of unaccompanied voices; from 13th century Italy
- n. a polyphonic song for about six voices, from 16th century Italy
- n. a short poem, often pastoral, and suitable to be set to music
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A little amorous poem, sometimes called a pastoral poem, containing some tender and delicate, though simple, thought.
- n. An unaccompanied polyphonic song, in four, five, or more parts, set to secular words, but full of counterpoint and imitation, and adhering to the old church modes. Unlike the freer glee, it is best sung with several voices on a part. See Glee.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A medieval poem or song, amorous, pastoral, or descriptive. The distinguishing characteristics of the madrigal are now hard to determine.
- n. In music
- n. A musical setting of such a poem.
- n. A glee or partsong in general, irrespective of contrapuntal qualities.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an unaccompanied partsong for 2 or 3 voices; follows a strict poetic form
- v. sing madrigals
Italian madrigale, probably from dialectal madregal, simple, from Late Latin mātrīcālis, invented, original, from Latin, of the womb, from mātrīx, mātrīc-, womb, from māter, mātr-, mother; see mater.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian madrigale, from Latin mātrīcālis. (Wiktionary)