What does a cappella mean?

Definitions for a cappella
ˌɑ kəˈpɛl əa cap·pel·la

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. a cappella, a capellaadjective

    sung without instrumental accompaniment

    "they sang an a cappella Mass"

  2. a cappella, a capellaadverb

    without musical accompaniment

    "they performed a cappella"


  1. a cappellaadverb

    Performed by a soloist or choir with no instrumental accompaniment; literally "in the style of the (Sistine) Chapel (in Rome)"; such as a musical Mass done a cappella.

    Etymology: * First attested in 1876.

  2. a cappellaadverb

    A time indication, equivalent to alla breve.

    Etymology: * First attested in 1876.

  3. a cappellaadverb

    Performed vocally without instrumental accompaniment.

    Etymology: * First attested in 1876.

  4. a cappellaadjective

    sung without instrumental accompaniment

    Etymology: * First attested in 1876.

  5. a cappellaadjective

    (of a choir) singing solely or mainly without instrumental accompaniment.

    Etymology: * First attested in 1876.

Webster Dictionary

  1. A cappella

    in church or chapel style; -- said of compositions sung in the old church style, without instrumental accompaniment; as, a mass a capella, i. e., a mass purely vocal

    Etymology: [It. See Chapel.]

  2. A cappella

    a time indication, equivalent to alla breve

    Etymology: [It. See Chapel.]


  1. A cappella

    A cappella music is specifically solo or group singing without instrumental sound, or a piece intended to be performed in this way. It contrasts with cantata, which is accompanied singing. A cappella was originally intended to differentiate between Renaissance polyphony and Baroque concertato style. In the 19th century a renewed interest in Renaissance polyphony coupled with an ignorance of the fact that vocal parts were often doubled by instrumentalists led to the term coming to mean unaccompanied vocal music. Today, a cappella also includes sample/loop "vocal only" productions by various contemporary music producers.

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    Song lyrics by a cappella -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by a cappella on the Lyrics.com website.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of a cappella in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of a cappella in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of a cappella in a Sentence

  1. Ceil Folz:

    We wanted to put our U.S. brand on these championships so we thought we would treat them a little bit more like we treat our other big sports, like football, we have an official cheerleading squad and at our opening ceremonies we had a marching band and an' a cappella' group.

  2. Jake Jones:

    Whenever you get a group of a cappella worship leaders together its hard for us not to sing together.

Images & Illustrations of a cappella

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