One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1archaic A topic for or exercise in philosophical or theological discussion.
2literary A lighthearted medley of well-known tunes.
- ‘From this he generates canons, overtures, duets, fugues, 3-part sinfonias, and even the famous quodlibet, in which several tunes sound simultaneously.’
- ‘As you know, a quodlibet contrapuntally mingles independent tunes, like ‘Humoresque’ and ‘Way Down upon the Swanee River.’’
Late Middle English: from Latin, from quod ‘what’ + libet ‘it pleases’.
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