[ pawr-tuh-men-toh, pohr-; Italian pawr-tah-men-taw ]
/ ˌpɔr təˈmɛn toʊ, ˌpoʊr-; Italian ˌpɔr tɑˈmɛn tɔ /

noun, plural por·ta·men·ti [pawr-tuh-men-tee, pohr-; Italian pawr-tah-men-tee] /ˌpɔr təˈmɛn ti, ˌpoʊr-; Italian ˌpɔr tɑˈmɛn ti/, por·ta·men·tos. Music.

a passing or gliding from one pitch or tone to another with a smooth progression.

Nearby words

  1. portal system,
  2. portal vein,
  3. portal-systemic encephalopathy,
  4. portal-to-portal,
  5. portal-to-portal pay,
  6. portance,
  7. portative,
  8. portative organ,
  9. portcullis,
  10. porte

Origin of portamento

1765–75; < Italian: fingering, literally, a bearing, carrying. See port5, -ment

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/ (ˌpɔːtəˈmɛntəʊ) /

noun plural -ti (-tɪ)

music a smooth slide from one note to another in which intervening notes are not separately discernibleCompare glissando

Word Origin for portamento

C18: from Italian: a carrying, from Latin portāre to carry

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