What does quodlibet mean?

Definitions for quodlibetˈkwɒd ləˌbɛt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. quodlibet(noun)

    an issue that is presented for formal disputation


  1. quodlibet(Noun)

    A form of music with melodies in counterpoint.

  2. quodlibet(Noun)

    A mode of philosophical debate popular in the Middle Ages, in which any question could be posed extemporaneously.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quodlibet(noun)

    a nice point; a subtilty; a debatable point

  2. Quodlibet(noun)

    a medley improvised by several performers

  3. Origin: [L., what you please.]


  1. Quodlibet

    A quodlibet is a piece of music combining several different melodies, usually popular tunes, in counterpoint and often a light-hearted, humorous manner. There are three main types of quodlibet: ⁕A catalogue quodlibet consists of a free setting of catalogue poetry. ⁕In a successive quodlibet, one voice has short musical quotations and textual quotations while the other voices provide homophonic accompaniment. ⁕In a simultaneous quodlibet, two or more pre-existing melodies are combined. The simultaneous quodlibet may be considered a historical antecedent to the modern-day musical mashup.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Quodlibet

    kwod′li-bet, n. a scholastic argument upon a subject chosen at will, almost invariably theological: a humorous fanciful combination of two or more familiar melodies.—n. Quodlibetā′rian, one given to quodlibets.—adjs. Quodlibet′ic, -al. [L., 'what you please'—quod, what, libet, it pleases.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of quodlibet in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of quodlibet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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