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appoggiatura

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noun ap·pog·gia·tu·ra \ə-ˌpä-jə-ˈtu̇r-ə\

Definition of appoggiatura

  1. :  an embellishing note or tone preceding an essential melodic note or tone and usually written as a note of smaller size



Origin and Etymology of appoggiatura

Italian, literally, support


First Known Use: 1753


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