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1  —as in:
an Irish lilt
Definition a way of speaking, singing, or making music — typically cheerful, lively or pleasing — sometimes with the pitch of the voice rising and falling
  • She has an appealing Irish lilt.
lilt = accent (or way of speaking)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The song has a calm, lilting melody.
  • lilting = cheerful; or with a pleasing rise and fall of pitch
  • On Saint Patrick's Day, she adopts a strong Irish lilt.
  • lilt = accent
  • She adopts the lilt of a jazz singer.
  • lilt = rising and falling pitch of voice
  • Their speech had a lilting cadence that made me think of singing more than speaking.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • lilting = pleasing with the pitch rising and falling
  • Andy was a large man, over six feet tall and 200 pounds, who spoke with a sharp Kiwi lilt;
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • lilt = accent
  • "We haven't lost each other and our babies are all right and we have a roof over our heads," said Melanie and there was a lilt in her voice.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • lilt = cheerful manner
  • It was comforting listening to them, Mama's voice a warm, lilting murmur, Papa's a quiet, easy-flowing hum.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • lilting = pleasing with the pitch rising and falling
  • "Apparitions?" she asked with a pleasant Dutch lilt.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • lilt = accent
  • The Old Umber lilt is back in his voice.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
lilt = way of speaking

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2  —as in:
played a lively lilt
Definition cheerful and lively music, or to play such music
  • She played a lively lilt that made me want to dance.
lilt = song
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Music lilted through the room.
  • lilted = played
  • She sang a cheerful lilt.
  • lilt = song
  • Darzee's Chant (Sung in honor of Rikki-tikki-tavi) Singer and tailor am I— Doubled the joys that I know— Proud of my lilt to the sky, Proud of the house that I sew— Over and under, so weave I my music—so weave I the house that I sew.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book
  • lilt = happy song
  • Low pipe organ music began to lilt through the church.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • lilt = play in a lively manner
  • But there was, at least, a lilt; she felt her own feet wanting to dance as she got nearer.
    C.S. Lewis  --  Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
lilt = lively music

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Less commonly:
Much more rarely, lilt can refer to moving or dancing in a light, cheerful manner.
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