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

  • n. Music Use of the sol-fa syllables to note the tones of the scale; solmization.
  • n. Music A singing exercise in which the sol-fa syllables are used instead of text.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a method of sight singing music that uses the syllables do (originally ut), re, mi, fa, sol (or so), la, and si (or ti) to represent the pitches of the scale, most commonly the major scale. The fixed-do system uses do for C, and the movable-do system uses do for whatever key the melody uses (thus B is do if the piece is in the key of B).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The system of arranging the scale by the names do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, si, by which singing is taught; a singing exercise upon these syllables.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In music:
  • n. Same as solmization.
  • n. A vocal exercise consisting of tones variously combined in steps, skips. or running passages, sung either to simple vowels or to arbitrary syllables, and designed to develop the quality, flexibility, and power of the voice.

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

  • n. a voice exercise; singing scales or runs to the same syllable
  • n. singing using solfa syllables to denote the notes of the scale of C major


Italian, from solfa, sol-fa; see sol-fa.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Italian (Wiktionary)



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