ostinato

[os-ti-nah-toh; Italian aws-tee-nah-taw]

Origin of ostinato

1875–80; < Italian: literally, obstinate < Latin obstinātus obstinate
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British Dictionary definitions for ostinato

ostinato

noun
    1. a continuously reiterated musical phrase
    2. (as modifier)an ostinato passage

Word Origin for ostinato

Italian: from Latin obstinātus obstinate
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Word Origin and History for ostinato

1876, from Italian ostinato, literally "obstinate, persistent."

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