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

noun, plural ac·ciac·ca·tu·ras, ac·ciac·ca·tu·re [-too r-ey, -too r-ee; Italian -too-re] /-ˈtʊər eɪ, -ˈtʊər i; Italian -ˈtu rɛ/. Music.

a short grace note one half step below, and struck at the same time as, a principal note.

Nearby words

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  2. accessory spleen,
  3. accessory symptom,
  4. accessory vertebral vein,
  5. accessway,
  6. accidence,
  7. accident,
  8. accident boat,
  9. accident insurance,
  10. accident prone

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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for acciaccatura

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for acciaccatura


noun plural -ras or -re (-reɪ, -riː)

a small grace note melodically adjacent to a principal note and played simultaneously with or immediately before it
(in modern music) a very short appoggiatura

Word Origin for acciaccatura

C18: Italian: literally, a crushing sound

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