Origin of obbligatoIt, literally , obliged ; from Classical Latin obligatus, past participle of obligare: see oblige
- an obbligato accompaniment
- an added melody, usually played by a solo instrument as accompaniment to a vocal performance
also ob·li·ga·to Music
nounpl. ob·bli·ga·tos or ob·bli·ga·ti also ob·li·ga·tos or ob·li·ga·ti
Origin of obbligatoItalian, past participle of obbligare, to obligate, from Latin obligare, to oblige; see oblige.
(comparative more obbligato, superlative most obbligato)
(plural obbligatos or obbligati)
- (music) An obbligato section; a prominent countermelody, often written to be played or sung above the principal theme (in a higher pitch range). [from 19th c.]
From Italian obbligato.