Definition of frottola in English:

frottola

Syllabification: frot·to·la
Pronunciation: /ˈfrätl-ə
 
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noun (plural frottole /ˈfrätl-ā/)

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  • A form of Italian comic or amorous song, especially from the 15th and 16th centuries.
    More 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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