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[uh-poj-uh-too r-uh, -tyoo r-uh; Italian ahp-pawd-jah-too-rah]
noun Music.
  1. a note of embellishment preceding another note and taking a portion of its time.
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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
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Examples from the Web for appoggiatura

Historical Examples

  • And, finally, where the Appoggiatura cannot ascend, it cannot descend.

    Observations on the Florid Song

    Pier Francesco Tosi

  • I will not leave them a place for adding the least appoggiatura.

    The Life of Rossini

    Henry Sutherland Edwards

  • In this case it is not an "appoggiatura," and should be played short.

  • But Frdric Chopin, nuance, cadence, appoggiatura—there you have it.

    The So-called Human Race

    Bert Leston Taylor

  • The situation is quite the same in regard to the appoggiatura.

    How to Sing

    Lilli Lehmann

British Dictionary definitions for appoggiatura


noun plural -ras or -re (-rɛ)
  1. 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)
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Word Origin

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