Meaning of madrigal
Pronunciation: (mad'ri-gul), [key]
- a secular part song without instrumental accompaniment, usually for four to six voices, making abundant use of contrapuntal imitation, popular esp. in the 16th and 17th centuries.
- a lyric poem suitable for being set to music, usually short and often of amatory character, esp. fashionable in the 16th century and later, in Italy, France, England, etc.
- any part song.
- madrigal (Thesaurus)