Definition of arpeggio
1 : production of the tones of a chord in succession and not simultaneously
2 : a chord played in arpeggio
Examples of arpeggio in a sentence
The guitarist warmed up with a few simple arpeggios.
Origin and Etymology of arpeggio
Italian, from arpeggiare to play on the harp, from arpa harp, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German harpha harp
First Known Use: circa 1724
ARPEGGIO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of arpeggio for English Language Learners
music : a chord in which the notes are played separately instead of at the same time
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