Definition of acciaccatura in English:

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Pronunciation: /äˌCHäkəˈto͝orə/

noun (plural acciaccaturas or acciaccature /-ˈto͝orā/ /-ˈto͝orē/)

A grace note performed as quickly as possible before an essential note of a melody, and falling before the beat.
Example sentences
  • The composer suggests that one of the middle notes could be taken by the nose but the acciaccatura that proceeds it would preclude this.
  • Repeated notes can sound awkward now, and the acciaccaturas of Variation 9 emerge as softened.
  • Those I interpret as acciaccaturas are written as simultaneously struck full-length notes - Scarlatti often wrote them as such when they formed part of chords.


Italian, from acciaccare 'to crush'.

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Syllabification: ac·ciac·ca·tu·ra

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