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



    BrE BrE//ˈkeɪdns//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkeɪdns//
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  1. 1(formal) the rise and fall of the voice in speaking He delivered his words in slow, measured cadences.
  2. 2 the end of a musical phrase
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘rhythm or metrical beat’): via Old French from Italian cadenza, based on Latin cadere ‘to fall’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cadence