[ sol-muh-zey-shuh n, sohl- ]
/ ˌsɒl məˈzeɪ ʃən, ˌsoʊl- /

noun Music.

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

Nearby words

  1. solitude,
  2. solitudinarian,
  3. sollar,
  4. solleret,
  5. sollicker,
  6. soln.,
  7. solo,
  8. solo man,
  9. solo mother,
  10. solo parent

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. 2019

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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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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper