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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Compositions traditionally intended for performance in a private room or small concert hall and written for an instrumental ensemble, such as a trio or quartet, with one player for each part.

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  • n. A genre of classical music written for a small group of instruments

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. vocal or instrumental music adapted to performance in a chamber or small apartment or audience room, instead of a theater, concert hall, or church.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Music, either instrumental or vocal, which is specially suited for performance in a small room: opposed to concert-music, and also to church music and operatic music.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. serious music performed by a small group of musicians

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