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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The sounding of the tones of a chord in rapid succession rather than simultaneously.
  • n. A chord played or sung in this manner.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The notes of a chord played individually instead of simultaneously, usually moving from lowest to highest.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The production of the tones of a chord in rapid succession, as in playing the harp, and not simultaneously; a strain thus played.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The sounding of the notes of an instrumental chord in rapid succession, either upward or (rarely) downward, as in harp-playing, instead of simultaneously.
  • n. A chord thus sounded; a broken chord. Sometimes written harpeggio.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a chord whose notes are played in rapid succession rather than simultaneously

Etymologies

Italian, from arpeggiare, to play the harp, from arpa, harp, of Germanic origin; see harp.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Italian arpeggiare ("to play a harp"). (Wiktionary)

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