Part of speech: noun
Origin: French, mid 19th century
(Music) A short composition of a romantic or dreamy character suggestive of night, typically for piano.
(Art) A picture of a night scene.
Examples of Nocturne in a sentence
"Chopin's nocturnes were specifically composed to evoke the ethereal feeling of the night."
"Vincent van Gogh is best known for his beautiful nocturne "The Starry Night.""
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Nocturne developed in French by way of the Latin word "nocturnus," meaning "of the night."
Did you Know?
There's something so peaceful and even romantic about the night sky. Use the poetic noun "nocturne" to describe any art you produce inspired by the evening and midnight hours.