a cappella

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English[edit]

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Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Italian alla cappella (in the manner of the [Sistine] chapel), referring to non-instrumental choirs.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌæ.kəˈpɛl.ə/, /ˌæ.kæˈpɛl.ə/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌɑ kəˈpɛl.ə/
  • Rhymes: -ɛlə
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Noun[edit]

a cappella (plural a cappellas)

  1. (music) A vocal performance with no instrumental accompaniment.

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. [from late 19th c.][1]
    Groups of teens singing a cappella on street corners got recording contracts.
  2. (obsolete, music) In alla breve time.

Translations[edit]

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. (music, US) Related to a form of purely vocal music mostly associated with American college performance groups.
    • 2012, Joshua S. Duchan, Powerful Voices, page 2:
      Socially, a cappella groups tend to be tight-knit ensembles in which close interpersonal relationships are formed.
  3. (obsolete, music) alla breve.

References[edit]

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

Afrikaans[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Either from Dutch a capella or from English a cappella, ultimately from Italian alla cappella.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: a‧cappella

Adverb[edit]

a cappella

  1. (music) a cappella

French[edit]

French Wikipedia has an article on:
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Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Italian a cappella.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

a cappella (invariable)

  1. (music) a cappella

Adverb[edit]

a cappella

  1. (music) a cappella

Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Adverb[edit]

a cappella

  1. (music) a cappella

Descendants[edit]


Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

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Et a cappellaband. — An a cappella band.

Etymology[edit]

From Italian a cappella.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

a cappella

  1. (music) a cappella (in a manner of a choir with no instrumental accompaniment)
    • 1982, Bergens Tidende:
      platen vil … inneholde noen mindre motetter for kor a capella og for kor med orgel
      the plate will … contain some minor motets for choir a capella and for choir with organ
    • 1999, Håvard Rem, Bob Dylan, page 35:
      i forrige århundre hadde fargede stått i kirkekor og sunget a cappella
      in the last century, colored people had stood in church choirs and sung a cappella
    synge a cappellasing a cappella
    fremføre a cappellaperform a cappella

Derived terms[edit]

References[edit]


Polish[edit]

Polish Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia pl

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Unadapted borrowing from Italian a cappella.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

a cappella (not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic, music) a cappella (performed by a choir with no instrumental accompaniment)
    Synonym: wokalny

Adverb[edit]

a cappella (not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic, music) a cappella (performed by a choir with no instrumental accompaniment)
    Synonym: wokalnie

Further reading[edit]

  • a cappella in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • a cappella in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Portuguese[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Unadapted borrowing from Italian a cappella.

Adverb[edit]

a cappella (not comparable)

  1. (music) a cappella (performed by a choir with no instrumental accompaniment)

Spanish[edit]

Adverb[edit]

a cappella

  1. Alternative spelling of a capela