1 Music

A short composition of a romantic nature, typically for piano.

‘If piano students are playing Mozart and Haydn sonatas, Chopin nocturnes and Debussy preludes, they certainly are capable of playing some chamber music repertoire.’

2 Art

A picture of a night scene.

‘For the most part, his early paintings are nocturnes in the style of Whistler.’

Origin: Mid 19th century French, from Latin nocturnus ‘of the night’.