[sol-muh-zey-shuh n, sohl-]
noun Music.
  1. the act, process, or system of using certain syllables, especially the sol-fa syllables, to represent the tones of the scale.

Origin of solmization

1720–30; < French solmisation, equivalent to solmis(er) (sol sol1 + mi mi + -iser -ize) + -ation -ation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for solmization



  1. music a system of naming the notes of a scale by syllables instead of letters derived from the 11th-century hexachord system of Guido d'Arezzo, which assigns the names ut (or do), re, mi, fa, sol, la, si (or ti) to the degrees of the major scale of C (fixed system) or (excluding the syllables ut and si) to the major scale in any key (movable system)See also tonic sol-fa

Word Origin for solmization

C18: from French solmisation, from solmiser to use the sol-fa syllables, from sol 1 + mi
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Word Origin and History for solmization

"act of using certain syllables to name tones of a music scale," 1730, from French solmisation, from solmiser, from sol + mi, two of the syllables so used (see gamut).

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