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ditty

Definition:

a short simple song (or the words of a poem intended to be sung)

Class:

communication noun (communicative processes and contents)

Plural:

ditties

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

Middle English dite, a literary composition, from Old French dite, from Latin...
(Source: American Heritage Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

ditty | ditties [plural]

a short simple song or poem (6 of 450 words, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/ditty

Merriam-Webster:

ditty | ditties [plural] | ballad [synonym] | song [synonym] | jingle [synonym] | lay [synonym] | lyric [synonym] | vocal [synonym] | anthem [similar] | ...

an especially simple and unaffected song (6 of 133 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/ditty

Oxford Dictionary:

ditty | ditties [plural]

a short, simple song (4 of 44 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/ditty

American Heritage Dictionary:

ditty | ditties [plural]

A simple song. (3 of 42 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ditty

Wiktionary:

ditty | ditties [plural] | dittied [past tense] | dittying [present participle]

A short verse or tune. | A saying or utterance, especially one that is short and frequently repeated. | To sing; to warble a little tune. (24 of 36 words, 3 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/ditty

Random House Dictionary:

ditty | ditties [plural] | dittied [past tense] | dittying [present participle]

a poem intended to be sung. | a short, simple song. | [obsolete] to singular | [obsolete] to set to or celebrate in music. (21 of 34 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/ditty

Macmillan British Dictionary:

ditty [countable, humorous] | ditties [plural]

a short simple song or poem (6 of 33 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/ditty

New World Dictionary:

ditty | ditties [plural]

a short, simple song (4 of 25 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ditty

Cambridge Dictionary:

ditty

a short simple song (4 of 10 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/ditty

Wikipedia:

Chanson

in general any lyric-driven French song, usually polyphonic and secular. A singer specializing in chansons is known as a "chanteur" or "chanteuse"; a collection of chansons, especially from the late Middle Ages and Renaissance, is also known as a ... (39 of 1376 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Chanson

Chanson (disambiguation)

can refer to: The French chanson, songs from the late Middle Ages to modern times, including lyric-driven French songs in the cabaret style | The medieval French epic poetry form, Chanson de geste | Chanson: The Space In Between, an album by Barb Jungr... (42 of 113 words, 6 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Chanson (disambiguation)

Columbia Encyclopedia:

song | art song

relatively brief, simple vocal composition, usually a setting of a poetic text, often strophic, for accompanied solo voice. The song literature of ... (22 of 507 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/ent​/A​0845923​.html

Britannica Encyclopedia:

chanson [vocal music]

French art song of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The chanson before 1500 is preserved mostly in large manuscript collections called ... (22 of 467 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/105793​/chanson

Encarta Dictionary:

ditty | ditties [plural]

a short simple popular song (5 of 31 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861605522​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

American Heritage Dictionary:

ditty | ditties [plural]

Origin: Middle English dite, a literary composition, from Old French dite, from Latin dictātum, thing dictated, from neuter ... (17 of 33 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ditty

Online Etymology:

ditty

First use: about 1300

Origin: "short song", from Old French ditie "composition, poem, treatise", from Latin dictatum "thing dictated", neuter past participle of ... (20 of 25 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=ditty

Merriam-Webster:

ditty | ditties [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English ditee, from Anglo-French dité story, song, from past participle of diter to compose, from Latin dictare to dictate, compose

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/ditty

New World Dictionary:

ditty | ditties [plural]

Origin: Middle English dite from Old French dité from Latin dictatum, thing dictated, neuter past participle of dictare: see "dictate"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ditty

Oxford Dictionary:

ditty | ditties [plural]

Origin: Middle English: from Old French dite "composition", from Latin dictatum (neuter) "something dictated", from dictare "to dictate"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/ditty

Collins Dictionary:

ditty | ditties [plural]

First use: 13th century

Origin: from Old French ditie poem, from ditier to compose, from Latin dictāredictate

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/ditty

Wiktionary:

ditty | ditties [plural] | dittied [past tense] | dittying [present participle]

Origin: Old French ditie or dité, from ditier, from Latin dictāre (participle dictatus).

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/ditty

Encarta Dictionary:

ditty | ditties [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Old French dité "composition" from Latin dictatum "thing dictated" from dictat-

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861605522​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

ditty | ditties [plural] | dittied [past tense] | dittying [present participle]

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "ditty"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "ditty"

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Collins Dictionary:

ditty | ditties [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "ditty"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/ditty

Macmillan British Dictionary:

ditty [countable, humorous] | ditties [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "ditty"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/ditty

Macmillan American Dictionary:

ditty [countable, humorous] | ditties [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "ditty"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/ditty

Cambridge Dictionary:

ditty

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "ditty"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "ditty"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/ditty

the Free Dictionary:

ditty

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "ditty"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "ditty"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "ditty" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

ditty | ditties [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "ditty"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

ditty

Audio: North American pronunciation of "ditty"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=ditty​001 word=ditty

YourDictionary Audio:

ditty

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "ditty" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ditty

freedictionary.org:

ditty

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "ditty" by speech synthesizer

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