Definition of frottola in English:

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frottola

Pronunciation: /ˈfrädələ/

noun (plural frottole /ˈfrätl-ā/)

Music
A form of Italian comic or amorous song, especially from the 15th and 16th centuries.
Example sentences
  • The student will have learned that during this period, four-part frottole, chanson, and lieder are often performed as voice and lute duets.
  • The next evolutionary step was the Neapolitan villanella, which differed from the frottola in being unaccompanied.
  • The melodic line of the typical frottola has small range and many repeated notes.

Origin

Italian, literally 'fib, tall tale'.

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Syllabification: frot·to·la

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