acciaccatura

noun
ac·​ciac·​ca·​tu·​ra | \ (ˌ)ä-ˌchä-kə-ˈtu̇r-ə How to pronounce acciaccatura (audio) \

Definition of acciaccatura

: a discordant note sounded with a principal note or chord and immediately released

First Known Use of acciaccatura

1749, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for acciaccatura

borrowed from Italian, literally, "bruising, crushing," from acciaccato, past participle of acciaccare "to bruise, crush, squash" (probably of onomatopoeic origin) + -ura -ure

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