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A cappella

A cappella

WordNet



adjective


(1)   Without musical accompaniment
"They sang an a cappella Mass"

adverb


(2)   Without musical accompaniment
"They performed a cappella"
Wiktonary



Etymology


From , referring to non-instrumental choirs.

Adverb



  1. Performed by a choir with no instrumental accompaniment; literally "in the style of the (Sistine) Chapel (in Rome)"; such as a musical Mass done a cappella.
  2. A time indication, equivalent to alla breve.
  3. Performed vocally without instrumental accompaniment.
    Groups of teens singing a cappella on street corners got recording contracts.