[sol-fej-oh, -fej-ee-oh]

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.

Origin of solfeggio

1765–75; < Italian, derivative of solfeggiare, equivalent to solf(a) (see sol-fa) + -eggiare v. suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for solfeggio

Historical Examples of solfeggio

  • Perhaps you may be passed in with even a solfeggio, but just think!

  • He might be practising a solfeggio,” I suggested, “which you could sing for him.


    Henry Festing Jones

  • Certain studies were repugnant to him, mathematics and solfeggio.

  • She took up her studies in solfeggio and harmony and settled down into the routine of hard, persistent study with renewed vigor.

  • The practice of solfeggio gives clearness and accuracy to the ear, and teaches the eye to read with certainty and speed.

British Dictionary definitions for solfeggio


solfge (sɒlˈfɛʒ)

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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