ot·​ta·​va | \ ō-ˈtä-və How to pronounce ottava (audio) \

Definition of ottava

: at an octave higher or lower than written used as a direction in music

First Known Use of ottava

1848, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ottava

Italian, octave, from Medieval Latin octava

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“Ottava.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ottava. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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