ossia

conjunction os·sia \ōˈsēə\

Definition of ossia

  1. :  or else —used as a direction in music to indicate an alternative and usually simpler form of a passage

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Origin and Etymology of ossia

Italian, from o sia or let it be, from o or (from Latin aut) + sia let it be, be it, 3d person singular present subjunctive of essere to be, from Latin esse — more at eke, is


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