[ sol-fej-oh, -fej-ee-oh ]
/ sɒlˈfɛdʒ oʊ, -ˈfɛdʒ iˌoʊ /

noun, plural sol·feg·gi [sol-fej-ee] /sɒlˈfɛdʒ i/, sol·feg·gios. Music.

a vocal exercise in which the sol-fa syllables are used.
the use of the sol-fa syllables to name or represent the tones of a melody or voice part, or the tones of the scale, or of a particular series, as the scale of C; solmization.



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Origin of solfeggio

1765–75; < Italian, derivative of solfeggiare, equivalent to solf(a) (see sol-fa) + -eggiare v. suffix

Words nearby solfeggio Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for solfeggi

  • There is, indeed, no want of excellent exercises and solfeggi.

  • Along with these exercises and solfeggi, arias should be practised, particularly at the beginning.

British Dictionary definitions for solfeggi


solfge (sɒlˈfɛʒ)

/ (sɒlˈfɛdʒɪəʊ) /

noun plural -feggi (-ˈfɛdʒiː), -feggios or -fèges music

a voice exercise in which runs, scales, etc, are sung to the same syllable or syllables
solmization, esp the French or Italian system, in which the names correspond to the notes of the scale of C major

Word Origin for solfeggio

C18: from Italian solfeggiare to use the syllables sol-fa; see gamut
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