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n. pl. ber·ceuses (-sœz′)
1. A lullaby.
2. A soothing musical composition, usually in 6/8 time.

[French, feminine of berceur, cradle rocker, from bercer, to rock, from Vulgar Latin *bertiāre.]


(French bɛrsøz)
1. (Classical Music) a cradlesong or lullaby
2. (Classical Music) an instrumental piece suggestive of this, in six-eight time
[C19: from French: lullaby, from bercer to rock]


(Fr. bɛrˈsœz)

n., pl. -ceuses (Fr. -ˈsœz)
2. a musical composition typically in 6/8 time and having a soothing character.
[1875–80; < French, derivative of bercer to rock]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.berceuse - a quiet song intended to lull a child to sleepberceuse - a quiet song intended to lull a child to sleep
song, vocal - a short musical composition with words; "a successful musical must have at least three good songs"
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