from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An unaccompanied secular, usually homophonic choral composition, especially of the 1800s.
  • noun An unaccompanied secular polyphonic song predating the madrigal.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In music, a vocal composition for two or more independent voices or parts; loosely, a glee or madrigal, and sometimes a round or catch. Part-songs are usually meant to be sung without accompaniment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A song with two or more voice parts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun music A form of unaccompanied, often homophonic, vocal composition usually for a few voices or a small choir

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

  • noun a song with two or more voice parts


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