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fioritura

[fee-awr-i-too r-uh, -ohr-; Italian fyaw-ree-too-rah]
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noun, plural fio·ri·tu·re [fee-awr-i-too r-ey, -ohr-; Italian fyaw-ree-too-re] /fiˌɔr ɪˈtʊər eɪ, -ˌoʊr-; Italian ˌfyɔ riˈtu rɛ/. Music.
  1. the ornamentation of a melody, often extemporized by the performer, as in Italian opera during the 18th century.

Origin of fioritura

1835–45; < Italian, equivalent to fiorit(o) flowery, orig. past participle of fiorire to flower + -ura -ure
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Historical Examples

  • Valentine's prayer, if given, was so overlaid with fioritura that I did not feel sure of it.

    Julia Ward Howe

    Laura E. Richards

  • Their songs were low and musical, not unlike the song of the canary, though there were no cadenzas or fioritura passages.

  • Fioritura means embroidery, while cantabile means "song-like."


British Dictionary definitions for fioritura

fioritura

noun plural -ture (-ˈtʊəreɪ)
  1. music embellishment, esp ornamentation added by the performer

Word Origin

Italian: a blossoming
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