What does a capella mean?

a capella meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1876, previous alla capella (1847), from Italian, "in the manner associated with chapel," literally "according to your chapel," from cappella "chapel" (see chapel). Initially in mention of the older church music (pre-1600) which was written for unaccompanied sounds; used 20c. to unaccompanied vocal songs usually.

a capella meaning in General Dictionary

without musical accompaniment

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  • sung without instrumental accompaniment