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obbligato

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adjective ob·bli·ga·to \ˌä-blə-ˈgä-(ˌ)tō\

Definition of obbligato

  1. :  not to be omitted :  obligatory —used as a direction in music — compare ad libitum



Origin of obbligato

Italian, obligatory, from past participle of obbligare to oblige, from Latin obligare — more at oblige


First Known Use: 1794


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obbligato

noun ob·bli·ga·to

Definition of obbligato

plural obbligatos also obbligati \-ˈgä-tē\

  1. 1 :  an elaborate especially melodic part accompanying a solo or principal melody and usually played by a single instrument <a song with violin obbligato>

  2. 2 :  accompaniment 2b; especially :  an attendant background sound



Examples of obbligato

  1. <with the babble of the brook as an obbligato, we enjoyed our picnic>



1839

First Known Use of obbligato

1839

Rhymes with obbligato


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