obbligato

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Italian obbligato.

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Noun[edit]

obbligato (plural obbligatos or obbligati)

  1. (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.

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin obligātus.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ob.bliˈɡa.to/
  • Rhymes: -ato
  • Hyphenation: ob‧bli‧gà‧to

Adjective[edit]

obbligato (feminine obbligata, masculine plural obbligati, feminine plural obbligate, superlative obbligatissimo)

  1. obliged, compelled, constrained, forced, bound
    Synonyms: costretto, vincolato
  2. obligatory, unavoidable, forced
    Synonyms: imposto, inevitabile, obbligatorio
  3. obliged, indebted
    Synonyms: grato, riconoscente
  4. fixed, set
    Synonym: fisso
    percorso obbligatofixed course
  5. (music) obbligato

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Noun[edit]

obbligato m (plural obbligati, feminine obbligata)

  1. obligator, obligor
    Synonym: obbligante

Participle[edit]

obbligato (feminine obbligata, masculine plural obbligati, feminine plural obbligate)

  1. past participle of obbligare