from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Music An embellishing note, usually one step above or below the note it precedes and indicated by a small note or special sign.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A type of musical ornament, falling on the beat, which often creates a suspension and subtracts for itself half the time value of the principal note which follows.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A passing tone preceding an essential tone, and borrowing the time it occupies from that; a short auxiliary or grace note one degree above or below the principal note unless it be of the same harmony; -- generally indicated by a note of smaller size, as in the illustration above. It forms no essential part of the harmony.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In music, a small additional note of embellishment, preceding the note with which it is connected, and taking away from that note a portion of its time.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an embellishing note usually written in smaller size
Italian, from appoggiato, past participle of appoggiare, to lean on, from Vulgar Latin *appodiāre : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin podium, support (from Greek podion, base, from pous, pod-, foot; see ped- in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowed from Italian appoggiatura, derived from appoggiare ("to lean"). (Wiktionary)