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Definition of breve noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

breve

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//briːv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//briːv//
 
(music)
 
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a note that lasts as long as eight crotchets / quarter notes and that is rarely used in modern music Word Origin Middle English: variant of brief. In the musical sense, the term was originally used in a series where a long was of greater time value than a breve.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: breve