plural -s
: medley
: a cadenza for a solo musical instrument
specifically : a special effect in violin playing obtained by playing in rapid alternation upon open and stopped strings

Word History


French, from Middle French, from barioler to variegate (probably blend of barrer to cross out, streak, bar + rioler to cross out, streak, from riole rule, ruler, from Latin regula) + -age

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“Bariolage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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