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continuo

[ kuhn-tin-yoo-oh ]
/ kənˈtɪn yuˌoʊ /
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noun, plural con·tin·u·os.Music.
a keyboard accompanying part consisting originally of a figured bass, which in modern scores is usually realized, and serving to provide or fill out the harmonic texture.
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Origin of continuo

1715–25; <Italian: literally, continuous
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British Dictionary definitions for continuo

continuo
/ (kənˈtɪnjʊˌəʊ) /

noun plural -os
music
  1. a shortened form of basso continuoSee thorough bass
  2. (as modifier)a continuo accompaniment
the thorough-bass part as played on a keyboard instrument, often supported by a cello, bassoon, etc

Word Origin for continuo

Italian, literally: continuous
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