[ ob-li-gah-toh ]

adjective, noun,plural ob·li·ga·tos, ob·li·ga·ti [ob-li-gah-ee]. /ˌɒb lɪˈgɑ i/.

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How to use obligato in a sentence

  • The said orchestra consisted of a violin and accordion, both played by amateurs, with an occasional obligato on the common comb.

    In the Days of My Youth | Amelia Ann Blandford Edwards
  • Romberg, then in the zenith of his fame as a Virtuoso, played one of his Quartetts with Violoncello obligato.

  • Besides these large works he has written a number of songs, of which five are with viola obligato.

  • "Ich steh auf den Standpunkt," said the politicians; and the racket of machine-guns offered an obligato.

    Erik Dorn | Ben Hecht
  • This piece will contain several obligato passages written expressly for our Bull-Frog.

British Dictionary definitions for obligato


/ (ˌɒblɪˈɡɑːtəʊ) /

adjective, noun
  1. music a variant spelling of obbligato

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