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[fee-awr-i-too r-uh, -ohr-; Italian fyaw-ree-too-rah] /fiˌɔr ɪˈtʊər ə, -ˌoʊr-; Italian ˌfyɔ riˈtu rɑ/
noun, plural fioriture
[fee-awr-i-too r-ey, -ohr-; Italian fyaw-ree-too-re] /fiˌɔr ɪˈtʊər eɪ, -ˌoʊr-; Italian ˌfyɔ riˈtu rɛ/ (Show IPA).
the ornamentation of a melody, often extemporized by the performer, as in Italian opera during the 18th century.
Origin of fioritura
1835-45; < Italian, equivalent to fiorit(o) flowery, orig. past participle of fiorire to flower + -ura -ure Unabridged
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  • Valentine's prayer, if given, was so overlaid with fioritura that I did not feel sure of it.

    Julia Ward Howe Laura E. Richards
  • Their songs were low and musical, not unlike the song of the canary, though there were no cadenzas or fioritura passages.

    The Dawn of Reason James Weir
  • fioritura means embroidery, while cantabile means "song-like."

British Dictionary definitions for fioritura


/ˌfjɔːrɪˈtʊərə; ˌfiːərɪ-/
noun (pl) -ture (-ˈtʊəreɪ)
(music) embellishment, esp ornamentation added by the performer
Word Origin
Italian: a blossoming
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