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obbligato: Meaning and Definition of

ob•bli•ga•to

Pronunciation: (ob"li-g't?It.b"bl?-g't), [key]
? adj., n., pl. -tos, -ti
?adj.
  1. (used as a musical direction) obligatory or indispensable; so important that it cannot be omitted.
?n.
  1. an obbligato part or accompaniment.
  2. a continuing or persistent subordinate or background motif.
  3. a subordinate part of a solo.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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