[oh-tah-vuh; Italian awt-tah-vah]

adverb Music.

(of notes in a score) at an octave higher than written (when placed above the staff) or lower than written (when placed below the staff). Abbreviation: 8va

Origin of ottava

1810–20; < Italian: octave Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ottava



an interval of an octaveSee all'ottava

Word Origin for ottava

Italian: octave
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