from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A lively Italian dance with a skipping step at the beginning of each measure.
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- n. A lively medieval Italian dance with a leaping step.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A popular Italian dance in quick 3-4 or 6-8 time, running mostly in triplets, but with a hop step at the beginning of each measure. See tarantella.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In music: In old dances generally, a second section or part, usually danced as a round dance, the music being in triple rhythm. Saltarelli were appended to all sorts of dances, most of them being contre-dances.
- n. A very animated Italian and Spanish dance for a single couple, characterized by numerous sudden skips or jumps.
- n. Music for such a dance or in its rhythm, which is triple and quick, and marked by abrupt breaks and skips and the rhythmic figure .
- n. In medieval counterpoint, when the cantus firmus is accompanied by a counterpoint in sextuplets, it was sometimes said to be in saltarello. Compare salteretto.
- n. In harpsichord-making, same as jack, 11 .
Italian, from saltare, to leap, from Latin saltāre; see saltation.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)