noun pas·sag·gio \pəˈsä(ˌ)jō\

Definition of passaggio



  1. 1 :  an improvised embellishment or flourish found especially in 16th century music and usually excluding plain scale passages or trills

  2. 2 :  modulation

  3. 3 :  passage-work

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Origin and Etymology of passaggio

Italian, literally, passage, from passare to pass (from—assumed—Vulgar Latin) + -aggio -age — more at pass

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to cast off or become cast off

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