berceuse

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/bɛrsøz/US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(Fr. ber sœz)


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
ber•ceuse  (Fr. ber sœz),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -ceuses (Fr. ber sœz),USA pronunciation [Music.]
  1. Music and Dancea cradlesong;
    lullaby.
  2. Music and Dancea composition for instrument or voice, having a soothing, reflective character.
  • French, equivalent. to berc(er) to rock + -euse -euse
  • 1875–80

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
berceuse /French: bɛrsøz/ n
  1. a cradlesong or lullaby
  2. an instrumental piece suggestive of this, in six-eight time
Etymology: 19th Century: from French: lullaby, from bercer to rock
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