appoggiatura

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

Definition of appoggiatura 

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

First Known Use of appoggiatura

1743, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for appoggiatura

Italian, literally, support

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