ap·​pog·​gia·​tu·​ra ə-ˌpä-jə-ˈtu̇r-ə How to pronounce appoggiatura (audio)
: an embellishing note or tone preceding an essential melodic note or tone and usually written as a note of smaller size

Examples of appoggiatura in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Welser-Most adopted a pace that was leisurely but not indulgent, giving the strings time to lean on those heavenly appoggiaturas and showcase the luminous clarity for which the Cleveland Orchestra is renowned. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, 27 Sep. 2019

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Word History


Italian, literally, support

First Known Use

1743, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of appoggiatura was in 1743

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“Appoggiatura.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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