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noun, Music.

alla breve

[ah-luh brev-ey; Italian ahl-lah bre-ve] /ˈɑ lə ˈbrɛv eɪ; Italian ˈɑl lɑ ˈbrɛ vɛ/
adverb, adjective, Music.
using the half note as the basic time unit; 2/2 time. Symbol: .
Also called cut time.
Compare common time.
Origin of alla breve
1800-10; < Italian: in short time, accelerated. See brief Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • They had a job to do and were proud if they could cut time from their schedule.

    The Colonists Raymond F. Jones
  • The hours were precious to him, and even an Indian can cut time when his business is pressing.

    The Fiery Totem Argyll Saxby
British Dictionary definitions for cut time

alla breve

/ˈælə ˈbreɪvɪ; Italian ˈalla ˈbrɛːve/
a musical time signature indicating two or four minims to a bar
adjective, adverb
twice as fast as normal
Usual symbol alla_breve
Word Origin
C19: Italian, literally: (according) to the breve
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