Ossia definition

ō-sēə
Or else. Used as a direction to the performer to designate an alternate section or passage.
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(music) In a musical score an ossia is an alternative version of the music, often just a few measures long.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
ossia
Plural:
ossias

Origin of ossia

  • Italian from o sia or let it be o or (from Latin aut) sia third person sing. present subjunctive of essere to be (from Latin esse es- in Indo-European roots)

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