C14: from Old French, from Old Italian cadenza, literally: a falling, from Latin cadere to fall
cadence for learners of EnglishPowered by COBUILD (keɪdəns)
Word forms: cadences
1. countable noun
The cadence of someone's voice is the way their voice getshigher and lower as they speak. [formal] ⇒ He recognized the Polish cadences in her voice. ⇒ He is not attempting necessarily to reproduce the cadence of speech.
2. countable noun
A cadence is the phrase that ends a section of music or a complete piece of music.
He spoke like a hypnotist, the cadence of his sentences even, his voice completely calm.Clive Barker COLDHEART CANYONIt's her prose I like -- a wonderful cadence , and you can't helpadmiring a woman who farmed her own sheep.Salley Vickers MR GOLIGHTLY'S HOLIDAYShe'd never before realized who musical a language Welsh was; it had a lilt and cadence all its own.Penman, Sharon HERE BE DRAGONS