One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Any literary or artistic work chiefly concerned with the depiction of the personality of one or more of its characters.
2Music a short composition (typically for piano) intended to evoke a given mood, atmosphere, scene, etc., by purely musical means (rather than through text or dramatic action).
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Encyclopedia Americana. After German Charakterstück and its model French pièce de caractère; compare earlier characteristic piece.
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