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[ob-li-gah-toh] /ˌɒb lɪˈgɑ toʊ/
adjective, noun, plural obligatos, obligati
[ob-li-gah-ee] /ˌɒb lɪˈgɑ i/ (Show IPA)
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  • He bursts from the grass and sings in burstsplays his own obligato while he goes.

    The Lost Art of Reading Gerald Stanley Lee
  • She broke off, and presumably continued the obligato variations.

    The Rubicon E. F. Benson
  • She—the Huguenottine—was a-mazed, also, and from the maze was played by obligato.

    A Ladder of Swords Gilbert Parker
  • She—the Huguenottine—was a-mazed also, and from the maze was played by obligato.

  • When both solo and obligato had subsided, Juggernaut spoke again.

    A Safety Match

    Ian Hay
  • "Then must obligato go, for he hath such credentials," said the fool, blowing thistle-down in the air.

  • Third, there were two obligato instruments, the pipe used in the duet of the two shepherds, and the "lira" played by Orpheus.

    Some Forerunners of Italian Opera

    William James Henderson
  • The art of obligato pedal playing he brought to a point which it had never before reached and scarcely afterward surpassed.

  • obligato, which is to say Leicester yonder, hath no tail—the devil cut it off and wears it himself.

    A Ladder of Swords Gilbert Parker
  • “Then must obligato go, for he hath such credentials,” said the fool, blowing thistledown in the air.

    A Ladder of Swords Gilbert Parker
British Dictionary definitions for obligato


adjective, noun
(music) a variant spelling of obbligato
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