Etymology
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arpeggio (n.)

1742, from Italian arpeggio, literally "harping," from arpeggiare "to play upon the harp," from arpa "harp," which is of Germanic origin (see harp (n.)). Related: Arpeggiated (1875); arpeggiation.

updated on February 09, 2017

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Definitions of arpeggio from WordNet

arpeggio (n.)
a chord whose notes are played in rapid succession rather than simultaneously;
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