[ sol-muh-zey-shuhn, sohl- ]
/ ˌsɒl məˈzeɪ ʃən, ˌsoʊl- /
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noun Music.

the act, process, or system of using certain syllables, especially the sol-fa syllables, to represent the tones of the scale.



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Origin of solmization

First recorded in 1720–30; from French solmisation, equivalent to solmis(er) (sol + mi + -is(er)) + -ation; see origin at sol1, mi, -ize,-ation

Words nearby solmization

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British Dictionary definitions for solmization



/ (ˌsɒlmɪˈzeɪʃən) /


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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