appoggiatura

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Italian appoggiatura, derived from appoggiare (to lean).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ə.pɔ.dʒə.ˈtʊɹ.ə/

Noun[edit]

appoggiatura (plural appoggiaturas)

  1. A type of musical ornament, falling on the beat, which often creates a suspension and subtracts for itself half the time value of the principal note which follows.
    • "The following Adagietto was like a long, melting appoggiatura composed of smaller dying falls and languid resolutions." — New York Times, March 2, 1992