Ottava meaning

ō-tävə
At an octave higher or lower than the notes written. Used chiefly as a direction, positioned above or below a staff.
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(music) One octave higher. Marking indicates a passage to be transposed up one octave. Abbreviation: 8va.
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Origin of ottava

  • Italian (all')ottava (at the) octave from Medieval Latin octāva from Latin feminine of octāvus eighth octave

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

  • Borrowed from Italian ottava, meaning "octave", the feminine ordinal form of otto, meaning "eight".

    From Wiktionary