The definition of an ostinato is a short melody or rhythm that is repeated by the same voice or instrument during a musical composition.
A chorus repeated five times over the course of a song is an example of an ostinato.
pl. -·tos· or -·ti
Music a short melodic phrase persistently repeated by the same voice or instrument and at the same pitch
Origin of ostinatoIt, literally , obstinate
A short melody or pattern that is constantly repeated, usually in the same part at the same pitch.
Origin of ostinatoItalian, from Latin obstinatus, stubborn, past participle of obstinare, to persist; see obstinate.
(plural ostinatos or ostinati)
Italian ostinato (“stubborn").