all' ottava

[ahl uh-tah-vuh; Italian ahl-lawt-tah-vah]
noun Music.
  1. 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.

Origin of all' ottava

1815–25; < Italian: literally, at the octave
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British Dictionary definitions for all'ottava

all'ottava

adjective, adverb
  1. music to be played an octave higher or lower than writtenSymbol: 8va

Word Origin for all'ottava

Italian: at the octave
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