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arpeggio

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

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Also called broken chord.

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)
ar·peg·gi·at·ed, ar·peg·gi·oed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for arpeggio

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