Definition of ostinato in English:

ostinato

Syllabification: os·ti·na·to
Pronunciation: /ˌästiˈnätō
 
/

noun (plural ostinatos or ostinati /-tē/)

A continually repeated musical phrase or rhythm.
More 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.

Origin

Italian, literally 'obstinate'.

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