a cappella

a cap·pel·la
A a


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ey ah kuh-pel-uh]
    • /eɪ ˌɑ kəˈpɛl ə/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ey ah kuh-pel-uh]
    • /eɪ ˌɑ kəˈpɛl ə/

Definitions of a cappella words

  • adjective a cappella without instrumental accompaniment Collins English Dictionary . Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers 4
  • adverb a cappella sing: without instruments 1
  • adjective a cappella singing: no instruments 1
  • adjective a cappella (music) Singing solely or mainly without instrumental accompaniment. 0
  • adjective a cappella (music, US) Related to a form of purely vocal music mostly associated with American college performance groups. 0
  • adjective a cappella (Obsolete (No longer in use)) (music) alla breve. 0

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Origin of a cappella

First appearance:

before 1875
One of the 25% newest English words
1875-80; < Italian: in the manner of a chapel (choir)

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Parts of speech for A cappella


a cappella popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 32% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 61% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

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Synonyms for a cappella

adv a cappella

  • choral — Choral music is sung by a choir.

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