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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [keyd-ns]
    • /ˈkeɪd ns/
    • /ˈkeɪ.dəns/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [keyd-ns]
    • /ˈkeɪd ns/

Definitions of cadence word

  • countable noun cadence The cadence of someone's voice is the way their voice gets higher and lower as they speak. 3
  • countable noun cadence A cadence is the phrase that ends a section of music or a complete piece of music. 3
  • noun cadence the beat or measure of something rhythmic 3
  • noun cadence a fall in the pitch of the voice, as at the end of a sentence 3
  • noun cadence modulation of the voice; intonation 3
  • noun cadence a rhythm or rhythmic construction in verse or prose; measure 3

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Origin of cadence

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French < Italian cadenza; see cadenza

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Parts of speech for Cadence


cadence popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 94% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

cadence usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for cadence

noun cadence

  • tempo — Music. relative rapidity or rate of movement, usually indicated by such terms as adagio, allegro, etc., or by reference to the metronome.
  • inflection — modulation of the voice; change in pitch or tone of voice.
  • accent — Someone who speaks with a particular accent pronounces the words of a language in a distinctive way that shows which country, region, or social class they come from.
  • lilt — rhythmic swing or cadence.
  • intonation — the pattern or melody of pitch changes in connected speech, especially the pitch pattern of a sentence, which distinguishes kinds of sentences or speakers of different language cultures.

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