Definition of crotchet in US English:

crotchet

noun

  • 1British Music
    A note having the time value of a quarter of a whole note or half a half note, represented by a large solid dot with a plain stem; a quarter note.

    • ‘Furthermore, a comparison of the way in which crotchets and quavers are notated makes it likely that the same scribe copied both works.’
    • ‘The process was simple: composers strictly followed the metre of the verse, setting long, accented syllables as minims, and short, unaccented ones as crotchets.’
    • ‘He certainly captures the remoteness of that distant planet, with the relentless ‘processional’ of bass crotchets, which opens and concludes the piece.’
    • ‘In this connection it is noteworthy that the violins in bars 3-4 play in dotted crotchets, the three-eight equivalent of the original dotted minims.’
    • ‘An F# major mode is set out in a layered contrapuntal texture, piccolo and violins marking the fast crotchet beat while glockenspiel, celesta and sampler cut across this with triplet rhythms and a few dissonant pitches.’
  • 2A perverse or unfounded belief or notion.

    ‘the natural crotchets of inveterate bachelors’
    • ‘It would seem a purposeless and even cruel task to recount in some five hundred pages the cranks and crotchets of a great mind, but there is the personal Russell to be chronicled.’
    whim, whimsy, fancy, fad, vagary, notion, conceit, caprice, kink, twist, freak, fetish, passion, bent, foible, quirk, eccentricity, idiosyncrasy
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Origin

Middle English (in the sense ‘hook’): from Old French crochet, diminutive of croc ‘hook’, from Old Norse krókr.

Pronunciation

crotchet

/ˈkräCHət//ˈkrɑtʃət/