Definitions for refrainrɪˈfreɪn
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
to keep oneself from doing or saying something (often fol. by from).
Category: Common Vocabulary
(v.t.)Archaic. to curb.
Origin of refrain:
1300–50; ME refreinen < OF refrener < L refrēnāre to rein in, restrain =re-re - +-frēnāre, v. der. of frēnum bridle
a phrase or verse recurring at intervals in a song or poem, esp. at the end of each stanza; chorus.
a musical setting for a poetic refrain. melody; tune. the recurrent section of a rondo.
Category: Music and Dance
Origin of refrain:
1325–75; ME refreyne < OF refrain, n. der. of refraindre to break sequence < VL *refrangere, for L refringere to break back
the part of a song where a soloist is joined by a group of singers
resist doing something
"He refrained from hitting him back"; "she could not forbear weeping"
abstain, refrain, desist(verb)
choose not to consume
"I abstain from alcohol"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
to stop yourself from doing sth
Please refrain from smoking during the flight.
to hold back; to restrain; to keep within prescribed bounds; to curb; to govern
to abstain from
to keep one's self from action or interference; to hold aloof; to forbear; to abstain
the burden of a song; a phrase or verse which recurs at the end of each of the separate stanzas or divisions of a poetic composition
A refrain from Vulgar Latin refringere, "to repeat", and later from Old French refraindre) is the line or lines that are repeated in music or in verse; the "chorus" of a song. Poetic fixed forms that feature refrains include the villanelle, the virelay, and the sestina. The use of refrains is particularly associated with where the verse-chorus-verse song structure typically places a refrain in almost every song. The refrain or chorus often sharply contrasts the verse melodically, rhythmically, and harmonically, and assumes a higher level of dynamics and activity, often with added instrumentation. Chorus form, or strophic form, is a sectional and/or additive way of structuring a piece of music based on the repetition of one formal section or block played repeatedly. See also verse-chorus form.
Translations for refrain
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a line of words or music repeated regularly in a song, especially at the end of or after each verse; a chorus.
- refrear / conter / reprimirPortuguese (BR)
- der RefrainGerman
- refræn; omkvædDanish
- επωδός, ρεφρένGreek
- سرود و شعر را برگرداندن؛ بند ترجیعFarsi
- פִּזמוֹן חוֹזֵרHebrew
- राग में दोहराने के शब्दHindi
- viðlag, stefIcelandic
- refrain, ritornelloItalian
- refrēns; piedziedājumsLatvian
- refreng, omkvedNorwegian
- سرود و شعر را برگرداندن؛ بند ترجیعPersian
- سروكى (بدلى، سندرى مسرى ټپى، ټيكۍPashto
- 歌曲的副歌Chinese (Trad.)
- приспів, рефренUkrainian
- بار بار گایا جانے والا مصرعہUrdu
- điệp khúcVietnamese
- （诗歌或乐曲的）叠句重复迭句，合唱句, 副歌Chinese (Simp.)
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