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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-chah-kuh-too r-uh; Italian aht-chahk-kah-too-rah]
    • /əˌtʃɑ kəˈtʊər ə; Italian ɑtˌtʃɑk kɑˈtu rɑ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-chah-kuh-too r-uh; Italian aht-chahk-kah-too-rah]
    • /əˌtʃɑ kəˈtʊər ə; Italian ɑtˌtʃɑk kɑˈtu rɑ/

Definitions of acciaccatura word

  • noun acciaccatura a small grace note melodically adjacent to a principal note and played simultaneously with or immediately before it 3
  • noun acciaccatura (in modern music) a very short appoggiatura 3
  • noun acciaccatura in keyboard music of the Baroque period, a short grace note sounded together with the principal note or chord, but quickly released 3
  • noun plural acciaccatura a short grace note one half step below, and struck at the same time as, a principal note. 1
  • noun acciaccatura A grace note performed as quickly as possible before an essential note of a melody, and falling before the beat. 1
  • noun acciaccatura (music) A short grace note (theoretically taking no time at all), occurring on the beat occupied by the main note to which it is prefixed, one scale-step higher or lower than that main note. (Sometimes equivalent, therefore, to a short appoggiatura, but in Baroque music interpreted differently and more strictly.) Written as a note lighter in appearance, typically a quaver (eighth note), with an oblique stroke through the stem. 0

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Origin of acciaccatura

First appearance:

before 1875
One of the 25% newest English words
1875-80; < Italian: literally, a pounding, crushing, equivalent to acciacc(are) to crush, bruise (based on an echoic root ciacc-) + -atura (see -ate1, -ure)

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Parts of speech for Acciaccatura


acciaccatura popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 39% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 69% 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 acciaccatura

noun acciaccatura

  • appoggiatura — an ornament consisting of a nonharmonic note (short or long) preceding a harmonic one either before or on the stress
  • grace note — a note not essential to the harmony or melody, added as an embellishment, especially an appoggiatura.

Top questions with acciaccatura

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