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  1. (indicating an alternative, usually easier, version of a passage in a musical score) or; or else.
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Origin of ossia

First recorded in 1875–80, ossia is from the Italian word o sia or let it be
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Historical Examples

  • Of these the most important result was Il Triregno, ossia del regno del cielo, della terra, e del papa.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 8


  • Thus, Paers Leonora, ossia lamore conjugale came to be overshadowed by the superior presence of Beethovens great work.

    The Life of Rossini

    Henry Sutherland Edwards

  • Instituzioni, riti e ceremonie dell' ordine dei Francs-maons, ossia Liberi Muratori.