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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fer-mah-tuh; Italian fer-mah-tah]
    • /fɛrˈmɑ tə; Italian fɛrˈmɑ tɑ/
    • /fɜːmˈɑːtə/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fer-mah-tuh; Italian fer-mah-tah]
    • /fɛrˈmɑ tə; Italian fɛrˈmɑ tɑ/

Definitions of fermata word

  • noun plural fermata the sustaining of a note, chord, or rest for a duration longer than the indicated time value, with the length of the extension at the performer's discretion. 1
  • noun plural fermata a symbol placed over a note, chord, or rest indicating a fermata. 1
  • noun fermata A pause of unspecified length on a note or rest. 1
  • noun fermata pause (sense 4) 0
  • noun fermata (music) The holding of a note or rest for longer than its usual duration; also the notation of such a prolongation, usually represented as a dot with a semi-circle above it, written above the prolonged note or rest. 0

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Origin of fermata

First appearance:

before 1875
One of the 25% newest English words
1875-80; < Italian: stop, pause, noun use of feminine of past participle of fermare to stop < Latin firmāre to make firm. See firm1, -ate1

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fermata popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 66% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
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