[ uh-chah-kuh-toor-uh; Italian aht-chahk-kah-too-rah ]

noun,plural ac·ciac·ca·tu·ras, ac·ciac·ca·tu·re [-toor-ey, -toor-ee; Italian -too-re]. /-ˈtʊər eɪ, -ˈtʊər i; Italian -ˈtu rɛ/. Music.
  1. a short grace note one half step below, and struck at the same time as, a principal note.

Origin of acciaccatura

1875–80; <Italian: literally, a pounding, crushing, equivalent to acciacc(are) to crush, bruise (based on an echoic root ciacc-) + -atura (see -ate1, -ure)

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How to use acciaccatura in a sentence

  • The acciaccatura (or short appoggiatura) is written like the appoggiatura except that it has a light stroke across its stem.

  • The appoggiatura is always accented, but the acciaccatura never is, the stress always falling on the melody tone.

  • In the second half of the first bar, the acciaccatura was never intended by the composer to be actually sung as printed.

    Style in Singing | W. E. Haslam

British Dictionary definitions for acciaccatura


/ (ɑːˌtʃɑːkɑːˈtʊərə) /

nounplural -ras or -re (-reɪ, -riː)
  1. a small grace note melodically adjacent to a principal note and played simultaneously with or immediately before it

  2. (in modern music) a very short appoggiatura

Origin of acciaccatura

C18: Italian: literally, a crushing sound

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