trem·​o·​lo ˈtre-mə-ˌlō How to pronounce tremolo (audio)
plural tremolos
: the rapid reiteration of a musical tone or of alternating tones to produce a tremulous effect
: vocal vibrato especially when prominent or excessive
: a mechanical device in an organ for causing a tremulous effect

Examples of tremolo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Eddy wasn’t all lower-register melodies, liberal tremolo and omnipresent whammy bar. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 1 May 2024 Yeah, it’s got that Eventide tremolo guitar effect on my part throughout it. Jonathan Cohen, SPIN, 19 Mar. 2024 Further embellishments include a two-point steel tremolo anchor, synthetic bone nut and faux-vintage tuners. Ron Hart, SPIN, 22 Nov. 2023 With the brand new Mike McCready Stratocaster, the artist now has a guitar designed to his specifics, including a custom pickup set to sound like his 1960 Stratocaster, a six-point tremolo, and a fingerboard radius that has enough arc for chording and easier note bending. Daniel Kohn, Spin, 12 Sep. 2023 Breath comes raggedly, turning his powerful voice into a soft, pausing tremolo. Christopher Maag, New York Times, 6 Sep. 2023 Muhly, more respectful than most, preserves the crisp, clean lines of Monteverdi’s score while filling in all manner of instrumental filigree: delicate arpeggios in the harp, buzzing tremolos in the strings, decorative flourishes in the winds. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 14 Aug. 2023 Occasionally, though, Muhly adds a flourish and a touch of his own idiom: tremolos of shivering tension; glassy violins giving way to arpeggiated textures; dirgelike calls from low brasses; fluttering winds. Joshua Barone, New York Times, 6 Aug. 2023 Small motifs to be repeated virtually at random create woozy effects, followed by anxious string tremolos, mad scrambles and threats from brasses and percussion. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 22 June 2023

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Word History


Italian, from tremolo tremulous, from Latin tremulus

First Known Use

circa 1801, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of tremolo was circa 1801

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Cite this Entry

“Tremolo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


trem·​o·​lo ˈtrem-ə-ˌlō How to pronounce tremolo (audio)
plural tremolos
: the rapid repetition of a musical tone or of alternating tones to produce a rapid wavering sound
: a mechanical device in an organ for causing a rapid wavering sound

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