Adjective "arpeggios" definition and examples

(Arpeggios may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ɑːˈpɛdʒɪəʊ/

Definitions and examples

noun

The notes of a chord played in rapid succession, either ascending or descending.
  1. 'As a result, pianists are required to negotiate unusual combinations of note groupings and clusters that go beyond the fingerings used in traditional scales, arpeggios and chords.'
  2. 'As the first song played, I pressed different buttons on the joystick and keyboard and heard notes, chords, cadenzas, arpeggios, and even special effects typical of the piano.'

More definitions

1. the sounding of the notes of a chord in rapid succession instead of simultaneously.

2. a chord thus sounded.

More examples(as adjective)

"chords can be arpeggios."

Origin

(arpeggio)Italian, from arpeggiare ‘play the harp’, from arpa ‘harp’.