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



    BrE BrE//ˈkaʊntəpɔɪnt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊntərpɔɪnt//
    Describing music
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  1. 1 [uncountable] (music) the combination of two or more tunes played together to form a single piece of music synonym polyphony The two melodies are played in counterpoint. see also contrapuntal See related entries: Describing music
  2. 2 [countable] counterpoint (to something) (music) a tune played in combination with another one
  3. 3[uncountable, countable] (formal) a pleasing or interesting contrast This work is in austere counterpoint to that of Gaudi.
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French contrepoint, from medieval Latin contrapunctum ‘(song) pricked or marked over against (the original melody)’, from contra- ‘against’ + punctum, from pungere ‘to prick’.
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