Appoggiatura meaning

ə-pŏjə-to͝orə
An embellishing note, usually one step above or below the note it precedes and indicated by a small note or special sign.
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(music) A rhythmically strong dissonant grace note used melodically and resolving to a principal harmonic tone, usually by a single scale step.
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A type of musical ornament, falling on the beat, which often creates a suspension and subtracts for itself half the time value of the principal note which follows.
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Origin of appoggiatura

  • Italian from appoggiato past participle of appoggiare to lean on from Vulgar Latin appodiāre Latin ad- ad- Latin podium support (from Greek podion base) (from pous pod- foot ped- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowed from Italian appoggiatura, derived from appoggiare (“to lean”).

    From Wiktionary