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From Italian obbligato.

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obbligato (plural obbligatos or obbligati)

  1. (music) An obbligato section; a prominent countermelody, often written to be played or sung above the principal theme (in a higher pitch range). [from 19th c.]
    • 1953, Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye, Penguin 2010, p. 281:
      The noise of the traffic outside the building on the boulevard made an unmusical obbligato to my thinking.

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From Latin obligātus.

AdjectiveEdit

obbligato (feminine singular obbligata, masculine plural obbligati, feminine plural obbligate)

  1. obliged, compelled, constrained, forced, bound
  2. obligatory, unavoidable, forced
  3. obliged, indebted
  4. fixed, set
    percorso obbligato - fixed course
  5. (music) obbligato

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obbligato m (plural obbligati) feminine obbligata

  1. obligator, obligor

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obbligato m (feminine singular obbligata, masculine plural obbligati, feminine plural obbligate)

  1. past participle of obbligare

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