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chiffre (plural chiffres)
- (music) A figure or motif (short melodic or lyrical passage that is repeated).
- 2014, Peter Wegele, Max Steiner: Composing, Casablanca, and the Golden Age of Film Music:
- At the end of the eighteenth century, French opera composers like A. E. Grétry (Richard Coeur de Lion, 1784), L. Cherubini (Medeé, 1797), and J. Fr. Le Cueur (Ossian ou les Bardes, 1804) began to “assign musical chiffres to precise dramatic situations or single figures on the stage, which were played again when these figures appeared again,” according to Bern University professor Anselm Gerhard.
chiffre m (plural chiffres)
- a digit i.e. 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9
- (colloquial or dated) a number
- figure (number)
- cipher (method of transforming a text to conceal meaning)
- cipher (code)
- (music) figure
- → German: Chiffre
- → Ottoman Turkish: شیفره (şifre)
- Turkish: şifre
- → Polish: szyfr
- → Russian: шифр (šifr)
- → Serbo-Croatian: šȉfra/ши̏фра, cȉfra/ци̏фра
- “chiffre”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
- French: chiffre
- → Middle English: cifre, cyffre, siphre, sypher, syphyr