Anacrusis

Post date: Nov 14, 2013 3:40:38 AM

Definition of ANACRUSIS

: upbeat; specifically : one or more notes or tones preceding the first downbeat of a musical phrase

Origin of ANACRUSIS

New Latin, from Greek anakrousis beginning of a song, from anakrouein to begin a song, from ana- + krouein to strike, beat; akin to Lithuanian kraušyti to strike

First Known Use: 1830