[ ahl uh-tah-vuh; Italian ahl-lawt-tah-vah ]
/ ˌɑl əˈtɑ və; Italian ˌɑl lɔtˈtɑ vɑ /
a direction (8va), placed above or below the staff to indicate that the passage covered is to be played one octave higher or lower respectively.
Words nearby all' ottava
Origin of all' ottava
1815–25; < Italian: literally, at the octave
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