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[sol-fej-oh, -fej-ee-oh] /sɒlˈfɛdʒ oʊ, -ˈfɛdʒ iˌoʊ/
noun, plural solfeggi
[sol-fej-ee] /sɒlˈfɛdʒ i/ (Show IPA),
solfeggios. Music.
a vocal exercise in which the sol-fa syllables are used.
the use of the sol-fa syllables to name or represent the tones of a melody or voice part, or the tones of the scale, or of a particular series, as the scale of C; solmization.
Origin of solfeggio
1765-75; < Italian, derivative of solfeggiare, equivalent to solf(a) (see sol-fa) + -eggiare v. suffix Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for solfeggio
Historical Examples
  • Perhaps you may be passed in with even a solfeggio, but just think!

    From Edinburgh to India & Burmah William G. Burn Murdoch
  • He might be practising a solfeggio,” I suggested, “which you could sing for him.

    Castellinaria Henry Festing Jones
  • Certain studies were repugnant to him, mathematics and solfeggio.

  • She took up her studies in solfeggio and harmony and settled down into the routine of hard, persistent study with renewed vigor.

    Camilla: A Tale of a Violin Charles Barnard
  • The practice of solfeggio gives clearness and accuracy to the ear, and teaches the eye to read with certainty and speed.

    Camilla: A Tale of a Violin Charles Barnard
  • The performance only showed how thorough had been her instruction in solfeggio at the Conservatory.

    Camilla: A Tale of a Violin Charles Barnard
  • When the elder boys had done, the younger came forward and sang some solfeggio exercises.

    The Boy's Voice J. Spencer Curwen
  • solfeggio, solfège—a vocal exercise sung either on simple vowels or on arbitrary syllables containing these simple vowel sounds.

  • So to ease the situation I gave lessons in solfeggio and on the piano in a poor little school in the neighborhood.

    My Recollections Jules Massenet
  • Thus my ear was thoroughly practised, and I easily held my place, even at that early age, in a solfeggio class.

British Dictionary definitions for solfeggio


noun (music) (pl) -feggi (-ˈfɛdʒiː), -feggios, -fèges
a voice exercise in which runs, scales, etc, are sung to the same syllable or syllables
solmization, esp the French or Italian system, in which the names correspond to the notes of the scale of C major
Word Origin
C18: from Italian solfeggiare to use the syllables sol-fa; see gamut
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