faburden

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French faux bourdon. See false, and burden (a verse).

Noun[edit]

faburden (plural faburdens)

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  1. (music) A kind of counterpoint with a drone bass.
  2. (music) A succession of chords of the sixth.
  3. (obsolete) A monotonous refrain.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for faburden in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)