- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /fɜːˈmɑːtə/
- (US) IPA(key): /fɜːɹˈmɑːtə/
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- Rhymes: -ɑːtə
- (music) The holding of a note or rest for longer than its usual duration; also the notation of such a prolongation, usually represented as a dot with a semi-circle above or below it, written above or below the prolonged note or rest.
holding a note beyond its usual duration or the notation representing it
- singular present passive participle of fermi
From fermare (“to stop”).
fermata f (plural fermate)