appoggiatura

noun
ap·​pog·​gia·​tu·​ra | \ ə-ˌpä-jə-ˈtu̇r-ə How to pronounce appoggiatura (audio) \

Definition of appoggiatura

: 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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First Known Use of appoggiatura

1743, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for appoggiatura

Italian, literally, support

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“Appoggiatura.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/appoggiatura. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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