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arpeggio

[ahr-pej-ee-oh, -pej-oh]
noun, plural arpeggios. Music.
1.
the sounding of the notes of a chord in rapid succession instead of simultaneously.
2.
a chord thus sounded.
Also called broken chord.


Origin:
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
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arpeggio (ɑːˈpɛdʒɪəʊ)
 
n , pl -gios
1.  a chord whose notes are played in rapid succession rather than simultaneously
2.  an ascending and descending figuration used in practising the piano, voice, etc
 
[C18: from Italian, from arpeggiare to perform on the harp, from arpaharp]

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arpeggio
1742, from It., from arpeggiare "to play upon the harp," from arpa "harp."
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