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[os-ti-nah-toh; Italian aws-tee-nah-taw] /ˌɒs tɪˈnɑ toʊ; Italian ˌɔs tiˈnɑ tɔ/

noun, plural ostinatos. Music.
a constantly recurring melodic fragment.

1876, from Italian ostinato, literally “obstinate, persistent.”


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