[ ahr-pej-ee-oh, -pej-oh ]
/ ɑrˈpɛdʒ iˌoʊ, -ˈpɛdʒ oʊ /

noun, plural ar·peg·gi·os. Music.

the sounding of the notes of a chord in rapid succession instead of simultaneously.
a chord thus sounded.


Origin of arpeggio

1735–45; < Italian: literally, a harping, noun derivative of arpeggi(are) to play on the harp (< Germanic; compare Old English hearpi(g)an to harp)
Also called broken chord.

Related forms

ar·peg·gi·at·ed, ar·peg·gi·oed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for arpeggio


/ (ɑːˈpɛdʒɪəʊ) /

noun plural -gios

a chord whose notes are played in rapid succession rather than simultaneously
an ascending and descending figuration used in practising the piano, voice, etc

Word Origin for arpeggio

C18: from Italian, from arpeggiare to perform on the harp, from arpa harp
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