arpeggio [ahr-pej-ee-oh, -pej-oh] /ɑrˈpɛdʒ iˌoʊ, -ˈpɛdʒ oʊ/ Show IPA
, pluralarpeggios. Music.
the sounding of the notes of a chord in rapid succession instead of simultaneously.
Also called broken chord.
1735–45; < Italian: literally, a harping, noun derivative of arpeggi(are) to play on the harp (< Germanic; compare Old English hearpi(g)an to harp)
arpeggiated, arpeggioed, adjective