a cappella
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˌæ.kəˈpɛl.ə/, /ˌæ.kæˈpɛl.ə/
  • (America) IPA: /ˌɑ kəˈpɛl.ə/
Noun

a cappella

  1. (music) A vocal performance with no instrumental accompaniment.
Adverb

a cappella

  1. (music) In a manner of a choir with no instrumental accompaniment; literally, "in the style of the (Sistine) Chapel (in Rome)", such as a musical Mass done a cappella. [First attested in the late 19th century.]
    Groups of teens singing a cappella on street corners got recording contracts.
  2. (obsolete, music) In alla breve time.
Translations Adjective

a cappella

  1. (music) Singing solely or mainly without instrumental accompaniment. [First attested in the late 19th century.]
    An a cappella group sang during the wedding reception.
  2. (music, US) Related to a form of purely vocal music mostly associated with American college performance groups.
  3. (obsolete, music) alla breve.



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