[uh-poj-uh-too r-uh, -tyoo r-uh; Italian ahp-pawd-jah-too-rah]

noun Music.

a note of embellishment preceding another note and taking a portion of its time.

Nearby words

  1. applique,
  2. appliqued,
  3. appliqué,
  4. apply,
  5. appmt.,
  6. appoint,
  7. appointed,
  8. appointee,
  9. appointive,
  10. appointment

Origin of appoggiatura

1745–55; < Italian: a propping, equivalent to appoggiat(o), past participle of appoggiare to support (see ap-1, podi(um), -ate1) + -ura -ure Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for appoggiatura


noun plural -ras or -re (-rɛ)

music an ornament consisting of a nonharmonic note (short or long) preceding a harmonic one either before or on the stressSee also acciaccatura (def. 2)

Word Origin for appoggiatura

C18: from Italian, literally: a propping, from appoggiare to prop, support

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