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definition of the word crotchet

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A quarter note with stem facing up, a quarter note with stem facing down, and a quarter rest.

From Old French crochet (‘small hook’), from croc (with diminutive suffix -et), from Old Norse krókr (‘hook’). The musical note was named so because of a small hook on its stem in black notation (in modern notation this hook is on the quaver/eighth note).

Singular
crotchet

Plural
crotchets

crotchet (plural crotchets)

  1. (music) A musical note one beat long in 4/4 time.
  2. A sharp curve or crook; a shape resembling a hook (obsolete except in crochet hook).
  3. (archaic) a whim or a fancy


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