From Italian obbligato.
obbligato (comparative more obbligato, superlative most obbligato)
- (music) Designating part of a musical piece which is subordinate to the main melody but still essential; designating a crucial instrumental part. [from 18th c.]
obbligato (plural obbligatos or obbligati)
- (music) An obbligato section; a prominent countermelody, often written to be played or sung above the principal theme (in a higher pitch range). [from 19th c.]
- 1953, Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye, Penguin 2010, p. 281:
- The noise of the traffic outside the building on the boulevard made an unmusical obbligato to my thinking.
From Latin obligātus.
obbligato (feminine singular obbligata, masculine plural obbligati, feminine plural obbligate)
- obliged, compelled, constrained, forced, bound
- obligatory, unavoidable, forced
- obliged, indebted
- fixed, set
- percorso obbligato - fixed course
- (music) obbligato
obbligato m (plural obbligati) feminine obbligata
- obligator, obligor
obbligato m (feminine singular obbligata, masculine plural obbligati, feminine plural obbligate)
- past participle of obbligare