da capo

adverb or adjective
da ca·​po | \ dä-ˈkä-(ˌ)pō How to pronounce da capo (audio) , də- \

Definition of da capo

: from the beginning used as a direction in music to repeat

Examples of da capo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All but one of the eight da capo arias Ms. Hallenberg will perform at Zankel were written for castrati. Christopher Corwin, New York Times, "Is This the Best Opera Singer You’ve (Probably) Never Heard Of?," 20 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of da capo

circa 1724, in the meaning defined above

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“Da capo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/da%20capo. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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