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obbligato

adjective ob·bli·ga·to \ ˌä-blə-ˈgä-(ˌ)tō \

Definition of obbligato

:not to be omitted :obligatory used as a direction in music — compare ad libitum

Origin and Etymology of obbligato

Italian, obligatory, from past participle of obbligare to oblige, from Latin obligare — more at oblige


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obbligato

noun

Definition of obbligato

plural obbligatos also obbligati play \ˌä-blə-ˈgä-tē\
1 :an elaborate especially melodic part accompanying a solo or principal melody and usually played by a single instrument
  • a song with violin obbligato
2 :accompaniment 2b; especially :an attendant background sound

Examples of obbligato in a Sentence

  1. with the babble of the brook as an obbligato, we enjoyed our picnic

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First Known Use of obbligato

1825



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