sol·​fège | \ säl-ˈfezh How to pronounce solfège (audio) \

Definition of solfège

1 : the application of the sol-fa syllables to a musical scale or to a melody
2 : a singing exercise especially using sol-fa syllables also : practice in sight-reading vocal music using the sol-fa syllables

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First Known Use of solfège

circa 1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for solfège

French, from Italian solfeggio

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“Solfège.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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