- (indicating an alternative, usually easier, version of a passage in a musical score) or; or else.
Origin of ossia
First recorded in 1875–80, ossia is from the Italian word o sia or let it be
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Examples from the Web for ossia
Of these the most important result was Il Triregno, ossia del regno del cielo, della terra, e del papa.
Thus, Paers Leonora, ossia lamore conjugale came to be overshadowed by the superior presence of Beethovens great work.The Life of Rossini
Henry Sutherland Edwards
Instituzioni, riti e ceremonie dell' ordine dei Francs-maons, ossia Liberi Muratori.The Cathedral Builders