sol·​mi·​za·​tion ˌsäl-mə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce solmization (audio)
: the act, practice, or system of using syllables to denote the tones of a musical scale

Word History


French solmisation, from solmiser to sol-fa, from sol (from Medieval Latin) + mi (from Medieval Latin) + -iser -ize

First Known Use

1730, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of solmization was in 1730

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“Solmization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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