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Etymology edit

Borrowed from Italian a cappella (in the manner of the [Sistine] chapel), referring to non-instrumental choirs.

Pronunciation edit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌæ.kəˈpɛl.ə/, /ˌæ.kæˈpɛl.ə/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌɑ kəˈpɛl.ə/
  • Rhymes: -ɛlə
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Noun edit

a cappella (plural a cappellas)

  1. (music) A vocal performance with no instrumental accompaniment.

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a cappella (not comparable)

  1. (music) In a manner of a choir with no instrumental accompaniment; literally, "in the style of the (Sistine) Chapel (in Rome)", such as a musical Mass done a cappella. [from late 19th c.][1]
    Groups of teens singing a cappella on street corners got recording contracts.
  2. (obsolete, music) In alla breve time.

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Adjective edit

a cappella (not comparable)

  1. (music) Singing solely or mainly without instrumental accompaniment. [First attested in the late 19th century.][1]
    An a cappella group sang during the wedding reception.
  2. (music, US) Related to a form of purely vocal music mostly associated with American college performance groups.
    • 2012, Joshua S. Duchan, Powerful Voices, page 2:
      Socially, a cappella groups tend to be tight-knit ensembles in which close interpersonal relationships are formed.
  3. (obsolete, music) alla breve.

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References edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Brown, Lesley, ed. The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. 5th. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Afrikaans edit

Etymology edit

Either from Dutch a capella or from English a cappella, ultimately from Italian alla cappella.

Pronunciation edit

  • Hyphenation: a cap‧pel‧la

Adverb edit

a cappella

  1. (music) a cappella

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Etymology edit

From Italian a cappella.

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a cappella

  1. (music) a cappella (in the manner of a choir with no instrumental accompaniment)
    at synge a cappellato sing a cappella
    at fremføre a cappellato perform a cappella
    Succesen med de store oratorier kom dog aldrig til at overstråle korets interesse for at synge a cappella.
    However, the success of the great oratorios never outshone the choir's interest in singing a cappella.

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Alternative forms edit

Etymology edit

Borrowed from Italian a cappella.

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a cappella (invariable)

  1. (music) a cappella

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a cappella

  1. (music) a cappella

Italian edit

Etymology edit

From a +‎ cappella (choir of a church).

Adverb edit

a cappella

  1. (music) a cappella

Descendants edit

Malay edit

Etymology edit

From English a cappella.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): [a.ka.pe.la]
  • Hyphenation: a‧ca‧ppe‧lla
  • Rhymes: -la

Noun edit

a cappella (Jawi spellingاکاڤيلا⁩, informal 1st possessive a cappellaku, 2nd possessive a cappellamu, 3rd possessive a cappellanya)

  1. (music) a cappella

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Et a cappellaband. — An a cappella band.

Etymology edit

From Italian a cappella.

Pronunciation edit

Adverb edit

a cappella

  1. (music) a cappella (in a manner of a choir with no instrumental accompaniment)
    synge a cappellasing a cappella
    fremføre a cappellaperform a cappella
    • 1982, Bergens Tidende:
      platen vil … inneholde noen mindre motetter for kor a capella og for kor med orgel
      the plate will … contain some minor motets for choir a capella and for choir with organ
    • 1999, Håvard Rem, Bob Dylan, page 35:
      i forrige århundre hadde fargede stått i kirkekor og sunget a cappella
      in the last century, colored people had stood in church choirs and sung a cappella

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Etymology edit

Unadapted borrowing from Italian a cappella.

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a cappella (not comparable)

  1. (music) a cappella (performed by a choir with no instrumental accompaniment)
    Synonym: wokalny

Adverb edit

a cappella (not comparable)

  1. (music) a cappella (performed by a choir with no instrumental accompaniment)
    Synonym: wokalnie

Further reading edit

  • a cappella in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • a cappella in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Portuguese edit

Etymology edit

Unadapted borrowing from Italian a cappella.

Adverb edit

a cappella (not comparable)

  1. Alternative form of à capela

Spanish edit

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /a kaˈpela/ [a kaˈpe.la]

Adverb edit

a cappella

  1. Alternative spelling of a capela

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Adverb edit

a cappella (not comparable)

  1. (music) a cappella

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