Borrowed from Italian martellato (“hammered”), from martellare (“to hammer, throb”), from martello (“hammer”), related to Latin martulus, marculus (“small hammer”), diminutive of marcus (“hammer”).
martellato (comparative more martellato, superlative most martellato)
- (music) A musical notation to indicate that the note is strongly accented, or hammered out, as to bowed string instruments and the piano.
martellato m (feminine singular martellata, masculine plural martellati, feminine plural martellate)
- past participle of martellare