da capo

[ dah kah-poh; Italian dah kah-paw ]
/ dɑ ˈkɑ poʊ; Italian dɑ ˈkɑ pɔ /

adjective, adverb

repeated from the beginning (used as a musical direction).


a section of music that is to be repeated from the beginning.

Words nearby da capo

Origin of da capo

1715–25; < Italian: literally, from the head; see da, chief
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British Dictionary definitions for da capo

da capo
/ (dɑː ˈkɑːpəʊ) /

adjective, adverb

music to be repeated (in whole or part) from the beginning
Abbreviation: DC
See also fine 3

Word Origin for da capo

C18: from Italian, literally: from the head
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