…behind the word

Origin of the word: A CAPPELLA

A cappella /adverb or adjective/ (English): 1875-1880

> In another languages:

  • A capela /also: a cappella/(Español)
  • A cappella (Português)
  • A cappella (Deutsch)
  • A cappella /also: à capella/ (Français)
  • A cappella (Italiano)

> From:

  • It. alla cappella: alla (in the manner) + cappella (chapel).

> Meaning:

  • Present: Sung by a group of people without any musical instruments (Cambridge Dictionary). Without instrumental accompaniment (Oxford Dictionary)
  • Original: In the manner of the church; in the church style.

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