V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. the way a person's voice rises and falls in pitch while speaking; 2. the rhythm of a language, such as in poetry; 3. a beat that follows a set rhythm, as in music

Synonyms: tone, lilt, beat, rhythm, flow, tempo, pace


Tips: Cadence is derived from the Old French word for "rhythm." It can refer to the rhythm or tone of one's voice or to the rhythm in music, prose, or poetry. In music, cadence also refers to a sequence of notes or chords.

Usage Examples:

Her voice has a pleasing cadence, and I enjoy listening to her read aloud. (tone, lilt)

The cadence of the soft music helped to relax me during my massage. (rhythm, flow, tempo)

The cadence of her reading slowed when she realized the child was falling asleep. (pace, rhythm)

I think that he is such a successful speaker thanks to his pleasing vocal cadence. (tone, flow)

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