ostinato

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noun osti·na·to \ˌä-stə-ˈnä-(ˌ)tō, ˌȯ-\

Definition of ostinato

plural

ostinatos

also

-ti

play \ˌä-stə-ˈnä-tē, ˌȯ-\
  1. :  a musical figure repeated persistently at the same pitch throughout a composition — compare imitation, sequence

Origin and Etymology of ostinato

Italian, obstinate, from Latin obstinatus


First Known Use: 1928


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