Definition of arpeggione in English:


Line breaks: ar|peg¦gi|one
Pronunciation: /ɑːˌpɛdʒɪˈəʊneɪ
, -ni/


  • An early 19th-century stringed instrument resembling a guitar in shape and having six strings and frets, but played with a bow like a cello.
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    • The ‘arpeggione’ is one of those hybrid instruments that never caught on.
    • Unfortunately for its maker and devotees, the arpeggione was anathema before it was even built.
    • An almost forgotten instrument, the arpeggione enjoyed a brief life in the early 19th century.


late 19th century: from German, from arpeggio.

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