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ostinato Syllabification: os·ti·na·to
Pronunciation: /ˌästəˈnädō/

Definition of ostinato in English:

noun (plural ostinatos or ostinati-tē)

A continually repeated musical phrase or rhythm.
Example sentences
  • He exploits rock idioms, such as rapidly repeated chords, ostinato bass lines and syncopated rhythms, but with little variation of content.
  • It is to be found in the basso ostinato, a repeated bass line over which a keyboard player or lutenist improvises chords and a singer or player evolves a melody.
  • The jazzy, flowing first movement made way for a stunning allegro: pizzicato ostinati, Spanish dance rhythms, dramatic passion to the fore.


Italian, literally 'obstinate'.

Words that rhyme with ostinato

agitato, Ambato, castrato, esparto, inamorato, legato, moderato, obbligato (US obligato), pizzicato, rubato, staccato, tomato, vibrato, Waikato
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