altissimo

[ al-tis-uh-moh; Italian ahl-tees-see-maw ]
/ ælˈtɪs əˌmoʊ; Italian ɑlˈtis siˌmɔ /
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adjective

very high.

noun

in altissimo, in the second octave above the treble staff.

Nearby words

  1. altimeter,
  2. altimetrical,
  3. altimetrically,
  4. altimetry,
  5. altiplano,
  6. altitude,
  7. altitude chamber,
  8. altitude dial,
  9. altitude sickness,
  10. altitudinal

Origin of altissimo

1810–20; < Italian: literally, highest, equivalent to alt(o) high + -issimo superlative suffix

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British Dictionary definitions for altissimo

altissimo

/ (ælˈtɪsɪˌməʊ) /

adjective

(of music) very high in pitch
of or relating to the octave commencing on the G lying an octave above the treble clef

noun

in altissimo in the octave commencing an octave above the treble clef

Word Origin for altissimo

Italian, literally: highest

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