tremolo

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noun trem·o·lo \ˈtre-mə-ˌlō\

Definition of tremolo

plural

tremolos

  1. 1a :  the rapid reiteration of a musical tone or of alternating tones to produce a tremulous effectb :  vocal vibrato especially when prominent or excessive

  2. 2 :  a mechanical device in an organ for causing a tremulous effect

Origin and Etymology of tremolo

Italian, from tremolo tremulous, from Latin tremulus


First Known Use: circa 1801


TREMOLO Defined for English Language Learners

tremolo

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noun trem·o·lo \ˈtre-mə-ˌlō\

Definition of tremolo for English Language Learners

  • music : a musical sound made by a voice or instrument that seems to shake


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