follow Dictionary.com

Stories We Like: Novels For Language Lovers

fermata

[fer-mah-tuh; Italian fer-mah-tah] /fɛrˈmɑ tə; Italian fɛrˈmɑ tɑ/
noun, plural fermatas Italian, fermate
[fer-mah-te] /fɛrˈmɑ tɛ/ (Show IPA).
Music.
1.
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.
2.
a symbol placed over a note, chord, or rest indicating a fermata.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; < Italian: stop, pause, noun use of feminine of past participle of fermare to stop < Latin firmāre to make firm. See firm1, -ate1
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for fermate

fermata

/fəˈmɑːtə/
noun (pl) -tas, -te (-tɪ)
1.
(music) another word for pause (sense 5)
Word Origin
from Italian, from fermare to stop, from Latin firmāre to establish; see firm1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for fermate

fermata

n.

1876, musical term, Italian, literally "stop, pause," from fermare "to fasten, to stop," from fermo "strong, fastened," from Latin firmus (see firm (adj.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for fermata

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for fermate

12
13
Scrabble Words With Friends