definition: mad·ri·gal (mdr-gl) (mdr-gl) n.
1a A song for two or three unaccompanied voices, developed in Italy in the late 13th and early 14th centuries
b A short poem, often about love, suitable for being set to music
2a A polyphonic song using a vernacular text and written for four to six voices,developed in Italy in the 16th century and popular in England in the16th and early 17th centuries
b A part song