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Topic: MUSIC

Date: 1800-1900
Origin: lilt 'to sing cheerfully or with a lilt' (14-20 centuries)

lilt

noun
     
lilt [singular]
APM a pleasant pattern of rising and falling sound in someone's voice or in music:
the lilt of a Scottish accent
lilting adjective:
a lilting melody
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