- a tremulous or vibrating effect produced on certain instruments and in the human voice, as to express emotion.
- a mechanical device in an organ by which such an effect is produced.
Origin of tremolo
1715–25; < Italian: trembling < Latin tremulus tremulous
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Examples from the Web for tremolo
I know you affect to scorn the cinema, and this was it, tremolo and all.Coming Home
It made you shiver to hear the tremolo stop she put on her voice.Cabbages and Kings
I have since learned that the greatest violinists do not overemphasise the tremolo.The Belovd Vagabond
William J. Locke
The tremolo and sautill displayed the delicate flexibility of his wrist.Ole Bull
Sara C. Bull
He did his best, and sang in tremolo from "Oh, Mother, the Mariner!"The Quest
Frederik van Eeden
- (in playing the violin, cello, etc) the rapid repetition of a single note produced by a quick back-and-forth movement of the bow
- the rapid reiteration of two notes usually a third or greater interval apart (fingered tremolo)Compare trill 1 (def. 1)
- (in singing) a fluctuation in pitchCompare vibrato
- a vocal ornament of late renaissance music consisting of the increasingly rapid reiteration of a single note
- another word for tremulant
C19: from Italian: quavering, from Medieval Latin tremulāre to tremble
Word Origin and History for tremolo
1801, from Italian tremolo, from Latin tremulus "trembling" (see tremulous).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper