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



BrE BrE//briːv//
; NAmE NAmE//briːv//
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a note that lasts as long as eight crotchets / quarter notes and that is rarely used in modern music Word OriginMiddle 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