a cappella

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Italian alla cappella (in the manner of the [Sistine] chapel), referring to non-instrumental choirs; from Latin a-, ad, "to", + cappella, "chapel".

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Adverb[edit]

a cappella (not comparable)

  1. (music) In a manner of a choir with no instrumental accompaniment; literally "in the style of the (Sistine) Chapel (in Rome)"; such as a musical Mass done a cappella.[First attested in the late 19th century.][1]
    Groups of teens singing a cappella on street corners got recording contracts.
  2. (obsolete, music) In alla breve time.

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Adjective[edit]

a cappella (not comparable)

  1. (music) singing solely or mainly without instrumental accompaniment.[First attested in the late 19th century.][1]
    An a cappella group sang during the wedding reception.
  2. (obsolete, music) alla breve.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Brown, Lesley, ed. The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. 5th. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Spanish[edit]

Adverb[edit]

a cappella

  1. a cappella