Definition of common time in US English:

common time


  • A rhythmic pattern in which there are four beats, especially four quarter notes, in a measure. This pattern occurs often in classical music and is the norm in rock, jazz, country, and bluegrass.

    • ‘Use a 4/4 Common time signature.’
    • ‘In common time there are 4 crotchet beats to the bar.’


common time

/ˈkämən tīm/