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I think there are rock stars within every subgenre, and for people who are obsessed with musical theater Sutton Foster and Audra MacDonald are like Beyonce to them. I'm sure the a cappella world has their own version of that, and that exists in every geeky subculture.
Anna Kendrick

Meaning of "a cappella" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD A CAPPELLA

Italian: literally, according to (the style of the) chapel.
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PRONUNCIATION OF A CAPPELLA

a cappella  [ɑː kəˈpɛlə] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF A CAPPELLA

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
A cappella can act as an adjective and an adverb.
The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

The adverb is an invariable part of the sentence that can change, explain or simplify a verb or another adverb.

WHAT DOES A CAPPELLA MEAN IN ENGLISH?

A cappella

A cappella music is specifically group, or solo, 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. These days, many a cappella groups can be found in high schools and colleges. There are amateur Barbershop Harmony Society and professional groups that sing a cappella exclusively. Although a cappella is technically defined as singing without instrumental accompaniment, some groups use their voices to emulate instruments; others are more traditional and focus on harmonizing. A cappella styles range from gospel music to contemporary to barbershop quartets and choruses. An increased interest in a cappella music is evident with recent TV shows like The Sing Off, musicals like Perfect Harmony and movies such as Pitch Perfect.

Definition of a cappella in the English dictionary

The definition of a cappella in the dictionary is without instrumental accompaniment.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH A CAPPELLA


bestseller
ˌbɛstˈsɛlə
bookseller
ˈbʊksɛlə
Capella
kəˈpɛlə
cellar
ˈsɛlə
Cinderella
ˌsɪndəˈrɛlə
compeller
kəmˈpɛlə
dispeller
dɪsˈpɛlə
heller
ˈhɛlə
impeller
ɪmˈpɛlə
Isabella
ˌɪzəˈbɛlə
Keller
ˈkɛlə
Mandela
mænˈdɛlə
Pella
ˈpɛlə
propeller
prəˈpɛlə
seller
ˈsɛlə
speller
ˈspɛlə
stella
ˈstɛlə
stellar
ˈstɛlə
teller
ˈtɛlə
umbrella
ʌmˈbrɛlə

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE A CAPPELLA

a bit much
a bit of
a bit of all right
a bit of slap and tickle
a bit thick
a bolt from the blue
a breath of fresh air
a bull in a china shop
A bursary
a capella
a chip off the old block
a closed book
a couple of
a cut above
a dime a dozen
a dog´s chance
a dog´s dinner
a dog´s life
a drop in the bucket
a drowning man will clutch at a straw

WORDS THAT END LIKE A CAPPELLA

a capella
Andorra la Vella
Campanella
cella
chlorella
fella
maestro di cappella
Marbella
marcella
nigella
novella
padella
paella
rosella
rubella
sabella
salmonella
Sella
varicella
zanella

Synonyms and antonyms of a cappella in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «a cappella» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF A CAPPELLA

Find out the translation of a cappella to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of a cappella from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «a cappella» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

无伴奏
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

a cappella
570 millions of speakers

English

a cappella
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

एक cappella
380 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Arabic

كابيلا
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

а капелла
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

a cappella
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

একটি কপ্পেলা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

a cappella
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Sebuah cappella
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

a cappella
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

アカペラ
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

아카펠라
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

A cappella
85 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Vietnamese

a cappella
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

ஒரு கெப்பல்லா
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

एक कॅप्पेला
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

a capella
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

a cappella
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

a cappella
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

а капела
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

a cappella
30 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Greek

a cappella
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

a cappella
14 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Swedish

a cappella
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

a cappella
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of a cappella

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «A CAPPELLA»

The term «a cappella» is quite widely used and occupies the 34.455 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «A CAPPELLA» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about a cappella

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9 QUOTES WITH «A CAPPELLA»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word a cappella.
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Ben Folds
With the a cappella groups, every voice is like one string on a guitar, one note on the piano, or one cymbal, and you don't have the luxury of falling back on anything.
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Kim Gordon
And then, I was thinking of doing a record just like starting with voice, because I did this one song that was just kind of a cappella, and I did it for this art piece I did where people could come and play music to go with a voice.
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Ed Helms
My friend and I sang an a cappella rendition of Extreme's 'More Than Words' at one of our football pep rallies in a desperate attempt to look cool. For a while, I wore pink Converse All Stars because I thought it made me seem daring and irreverent.
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Anna Kendrick
I think there are rock stars within every subgenre, and for people who are obsessed with musical theater Sutton Foster and Audra MacDonald are like Beyonce to them. I'm sure the a cappella world has their own version of that, and that exists in every geeky subculture.
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A. J. McLean
We didn't realize there were that many boy bands until we started touring in Europe. I don't think we were ever affected by it since a lot of the groups in Europe didn't really sing live, but we did and would perform a cappella as well.
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Juice Newton
I'll do a cappella stuff, rock 'n' roll and swing stuff.
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Masi Oka
I played piano back in my elementary school days and I sang a cappella back in college.
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Mavis Staples
My high-school a cappella teacher would embarrass me in front of the choir. 'Mavis, you're in the basement. Mavis, you're singing with the boys.' I said, 'Mr. Finch, my voice isn't soprano. I can't sing up there with the girls.' So I just got out of the choir.
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T-Pain
I make sure I sing a cappella to let people know I can sing.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «A CAPPELLA»

Discover the use of a cappella in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to a cappella and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Pitch Perfect (movie tie-in): The Quest for Collegiate A ...
Sure to strikea chord with fans of Glee and The Sing-Off, this raucous story of a cappella rock stars shows that sometimes, to get that perfect harmony, you have to embrace a little discord.
Mickey Rapkin, 2012
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A Cappella: Mennonite Voices in Poetry
As an intricate choral music lovingly arranged, this gathering makes manifest a rich community of accomplished voices, a community whose immediate concerns are various, whose informing circumstances diverge, but whose common chord remains ...
Ann Elizabeth Hostetler, 2003
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Powerful Voices: The Musical and Social World of Collegiate ...
The first scholarly account of the music and culture of collegiate a cappella
Joshua S Duchan, 2012
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A Cappella
This is a tale of intense, heartbreaking love in adolescence, and the tragedy it gives rise to.
Mariko Koike, 2013
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A cappella: an anthology of unaccompanied choral music from ...
A unique anthology which casts its net far and wide across seven centuries of unaccompanied European choral music, this book is a fascinating selection of thirty pieces, ideal for enterprising choirs looking for something out of the ...
John Gardner, Simon Harris, Simon John Minshaw Harris, 1992
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Anna's Amazing a Cappella Arranging Advice: The Collegiate a ...
Covering the basics and more advanced aspects of a cappella arranging, this book is great for novice and experienced arrangers.
Anna Callahan, 2000
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Beyond "Salmo 150": The a Cappella Choral Music of Ernani Aguiar
This study provides an overview of Aguiar's fifty-three a cappella choral works with an emphasis on their overall stylistic features.
Mariana Farah, 2008
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A Cappella
"A story of the chaos endemic with the end of high school, the overinflated loves of a lifetime, and peace that only the right song can bring"--P. [4] of cover.
Tanya Jennings Keenan, 2011
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An Analytical Conductor's Guide to the SATB a Cappella Works ...
Part's a cappella works prove difficult even for the most highly trained ensembles. The vocal control that is required to sing the long phrases, usually without vibrato, and the quality of intonation needed to sing the triads and dissonances in tune ...
Kimberly Anne Cargile, 2008
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Contemporary a Cappella Songbook: Collection
Now available through Hal Leonard are these outstanding a cappella collections.
Various, 1998

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «A CAPPELLA»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term a cappella is used in the context of the following news items.
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From Pentatonix, Penn Masala To Pitch Perfect: The Magic Of The …
A cappella” – meaning “without accompaniment”, used to describe songs that are sung without the use of any instruments besides the human ... «Youth Ki Awaaz, Jul 15»
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ABQ version of 'Once Upon a Mattress' adds a cappella twist
Christy Burbank is Princess Winnifred in Musical Theatre Southwest's production of “Once Upon a Mattress.” (Courtesy of Jason Ponic). «Albuquerque Journal, Jul 15»
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Holiday Treat: Impromptu A Cappella 'God Bless the USA' by Army …
Indeed, this is a gem of a spontaneous a cappella version featuring Greenwood with the U.S. Army Chorus, but it has been watched by very few ... «NewsBusters, Jul 15»
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A Cappella Sisters
Pitch Perfect 2 costars Rebel Wilson and Hana Mae Lee both hit a screening of Ur in Analysis at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood July 1. «Us Magazine, Jul 15»
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Kelly Clarkson Fans Will Be Blown Away by This A Cappella
Let's be honest: even if you're not a huge Kelly Clarkson fan, you'll still love this. NYC-based a cappella group Range A Cappella flawlessly ... «POPSUGAR, Jul 15»
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Dispute between producer, venue closes Mo5aic's run at Bally's
Conflict between a show producer and venue operator led to the abrupt end of a residency by a cappella quintet Mo5aic at Bally's. The vocal ... «Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jul 15»
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Fourth Avenue has chemistry for a cappella
While a lot of groups experience personnel changes, the award-winning a cappella group still has its original founding members and even ... «Springfield News Sun, Jun 15»
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Hinsdale resident elected to Chicago a cappella ensemble
HINSDALE – James G. Massie of Hinsdale recently was elected to the acclaimed vocal ensemble Chicago a cappella's Board of Directors, ... «Suburban Life Publications, Jun 15»
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Finalists are in for A Cappella & Unplugged
CHAMBERSBURG >> Six out of the 16 musical acts that took the stage Saturday at the Capitol Theater's "A Cappella & Unplugged" musical ... «Chambersburg Public Opinion, Jun 15»
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WATCH: A Cappella Group Pentatonix Sings Michael Jackson's Hits …
The Grammy-winning a cappella singing group Pentatonix is known for covering both mainstream pop songs and more eclectic tunes from ... «Advocate.com, Jun 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. A cappella [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/a-cappella>. Mar 2019 ».
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