Share this entry

frottola Line breaks: frot|tola
Pronunciation: /ˈfrɒtələ/

Definition of frottola in English:

noun (plural frottole ˈfrɒtəleɪ)

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 story'.

Definition of frottola in:

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day whippersnapper
Pronunciation: ˈwɪpəsnapə
noun
a young, inexperienced person considered presumptuous or overconfident...