producing the tones of a chord in quick succession as with playing the harp and not at the same time a strain thus played
- a chord whose notes are played in fast succession as opposed to simultaneously
- The production of the tones of a chord in quick succession, as in playing the harp, rather than at the same time; a-strain thus played.
1742, from Italian arpeggio, from arpeggiare "to relax and play upon the harp," from arpa "harp," which will be of Germanic beginning (see harp (n.)). Associated: Arpeggiated; arpeggiation.
- broken chord
(n.) Producing the tones of a chord in fast succession, like in playing the harp, rather than simultaneously; a strain hence played.