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ostinato

[os-ti-nah-toh; Italian aws-tee-nah-taw] /ˌɒs tɪˈnɑ toʊ; Italian ˌɔs tiˈnɑ tɔ/
noun, plural ostinatos. Music.
1.
a constantly recurring melodic fragment.
Origin of ostinato
1875-1880
1875-80; < Italian: literally, obstinate < Latin obstinātus obstinate
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British Dictionary definitions for ostinato

ostinato

/ˌɒstɪˈnɑːtəʊ/
noun
1.
  1. a continuously reiterated musical phrase
  2. (as modifier): an ostinato passage
Word Origin
Italian: from Latin obstinātusobstinate
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Word Origin and History for ostinato

1876, from Italian ostinato, literally "obstinate, persistent."

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