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EnglishEdit

 
The letter A with breve (1).
 
Left: breve (2) in modern notation. Centre: breve in mensural notation used in some modern scores as well. Right: less common stylistic variant of the first form.

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English breve, variant of bref, from Old French brieve, breve (feminine form of brief, bref), from Latin brevis (short).

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breve (plural breves)

  1. (orthography, printing) A semicircular diacritical mark (˘) placed above a vowel, commonly used to mark its quantity as short.
    Synonym: micron
    Antonym: macron
  2. (music) A double whole note.
  3. (law) Any writ or precept under seal, issued out of any court.
  4. (zoology) The great ant thrush of Sumatra (Pitta gigas), which has a very short tail.

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DanishEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /breːvə/, [ˈb̥ʁeːvə], [ˈb̥ʁeːw̩]

NounEdit

breve n pl

  1. indefinite plural of brev

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EtymologyEdit

From Latin brevis (short).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈbreː.və/
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breve f (plural breves, diminutive brevetje n)

  1. (orthography) breve

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breve (comparative plus breve, superlative le plus breve)

  1. short

ItalianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin brevis (short).

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breve (masculine and feminine plural brevi)

  1. brief, short
    Synonym: corto
    Antonym: lungo

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breve

  1. briefly

NounEdit

breve m (plural brevi)

  1. (music) breve
  2. brief (short news report)

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LatinEdit

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breve

  1. Alternative form of bref

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breve

  1. Alternative form of bref

PortugueseEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin brevis (short), from Proto-Indo-European *mréǵʰus.

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breve m or f (plural breves, comparable)

  1. brief, short
    Synonym: curto
    Antonym: longo
  2. summarized
  3. minute (very small)

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NounEdit

breve f (plural breves)

  1. (music) a double whole note (US) or breve (UK)
  2. (phonetics) a syllable or vowel that is quickly pronounced

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breve m (plural breves)

  1. a Papal brief

SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin brevis (short).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈbɾe.be/, [ˈbɾe̞.βe̞]

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breve (plural breves) (superlative brevísimo)

  1. brief, short
    Synonym: corto
    Antonym: largo

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